TARTAN TRIUMPH: The Braemar Gathering

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  • Aberdeenshire


  • Leisure and recreation
  • Royalty
  • Sporting activities


  • Amateur


  • 1950s

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Title: TARTAN TRIUMPH: The Braemar Gathering

Reference number: 4575

Date: 1952, September 4

Director: filmed by J.B. McDonald

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 25.00 mins

Description: The triumphant Gathering of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, 1952.

Digitisation funded by British Film Institute 'Unlocking Film Heritage', awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Credits: made by J.B. McDonald
Mick-Mack films present

Shotlist: title and credits (0.47) c/u programme for the Braemar Highland Gathering on Thursday 4th September 1952, held at the Princess Royal Park (0.57) elevated view over Braemar landscape, including Balmoral (1.44) exts John Begg Royal Lochnagar Distillery with a few people gathered outside (1.57) young woman is shown how to cast fishing rod on river (2.13) exts motoring shop, people chat outside (2.34) elderly man sits mending tartan cloth (2.43) entrance sign to Braemar Games is fixed to tree (2.57) last minute preparations are made, such as fixing the red carpet in place, preparing flags and mending seating (3.36) red bus waits, the conductor standing with ticket machines around his neck (3.56) [quite dark] ints man using mechanised weaving loom (4.17) exts cottage and surrounding countryside (4.42) two ladies wearing tartan skirts enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape (4.51) slow pan right to left of Braemar Highland Gathering (5.15) gvs crowds and people wearing full Highland Dress enjoying the scene (6.09) a man practices his bow (6.13) the flag is raised (Royal Standard?) (6.21) gvs around the Highland Gathering, including pipe band, the Overseas Visitors and Victoria Lounge Reception Tent and people posing for photographs (8.09) men perform Highland Fling in competition (8.39) brief shot piping competition (8.57) people gather around Royal Box; general scenes of people awaiting the Royal visit (10.24) marching pipe band enters the arena (12.49) crowd scenes (13.10) men dance the Highland Fling (13.49) brief shot men racing and performing high jump (13.59) the flag is raised (14.08) the Royal car arrives and the royal party is greeted and shown to the Royal Box (15.25) shot of marching pipe band (16.19) gvs Highland games and dancing, watched by the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (17.42) various people meet the Queen, including a man in a wheelchair (18.43) gvs Highland Gathering, including tossing the caber competition, the pipe band performing a slow march and a wrestling competition (23.09) Royal party depart by car (24.12) the crowds leave as heavy rain falls (24.35) view over Braemar landscape, including Balmoral (24.45) ecs (25.00)