Scots-Jacobites To Rally At Old Fort Ontario

OSWEGO, NY – Citizens of Scottish descent or anyone interested in Scottish history are invited to attend the second annual Scots-Jacobite special event at Old Fort Ontario on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6.

The unique event will feature demonstrations of 18th century Scottish life, historic weapons drills, open fire-pit cooking, battle recreations, games, music, colorful period clothing, tents, and some first-person interpretation.

Public hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; regular admission will be charged.

Bonnie Prince Charlie will rally the clans at Fort Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.
Bonnie Prince Charlie will rally the clans at Fort Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.

Friends of Fort Ontario will be admitted free.

Historical reenactors portraying notable figures of the Jacobite uprising of 1745 – 1746 will recreate the landing of Prince Charles Edward Stuart – “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” who sailed from France to Glenfinnan, Scotland, in July 1745.

The “Prince” will once again rally the Highland Clans, raise an army, and attempt to restore his father, King James III & VIII to his rightful place on the throne of Great Britain.

On Saturday, around 11:45 a.m., a ship will put the Prince ashore near Flat Rock north of the fort.

Battle reenactments will include the failed Jacobite attack on Ruthven Barracks in the northern Highlands of Scotland on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and a successful storming of the British outpost at Fort Inversnaid on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Each battle will include an assault on the fort with sword, musket and cannon.

Another highlight of the weekend will be Highland Games on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day learning about 18th century Scottish culture.

Fort Ontario is located at the north end of East Fourth Street, off Route 104E in the city of Oswego.



10 a.m. – Fort Opens

10:30 a.m. – Dress Parade & Weapons Drill

11:45 a.m.  Prince Charles lands near Flat Rockashore

1 p.m. – Clan Delegations Meet the Prince

2:30 p.m. – Battle of Ruthven Barracks

3:30 p.m. – Ladies Tea

4 p.m. – Highland Games

5 p.m.  Fort Closes


10 a.m. – Fort Opens

10:30 a.m. – Dress Parade & Weapons Drill

11:30 a.m. Raising of the Stuart Standard & Glenfinnan

1 p.m. – Town life for Civilians

2:30 p.m. – Battle of Fort Inversnaid

4:30 p.m. – Fort Closes

The Scots-Jacobite event is co-sponsored by King Arthur’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, the Friends of Fort Ontario, and New York State Parks.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is one of six historic sites and 18 parks in the Central Region administered by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Carol Ash – commissioner.

For more information on NYS Parks, visit or on Fort Ontario, contact Paul Lear (315) 343-4711 or