Comic Battle

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Details

Location

Co. Down, Scarva

Year

circa 1910

Source

British Pathe

Format

35mm

black and white

Length

47sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Pathé

Rights Holder

British Pathé

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Description

It is likely that this is a reconstruction of The Battle of the Boyne which is held every year on the 13th July at Scarva, Co. Down. This annual event is traditionally known as 'The Sham Fight'

Notes

This is very likely the 'Sham Fight' held every year on the 13th July and organised by the Royal Black Institution (also known as the Black Preceptory). The Black Preceptory is a Protestant fraternal society related to the Orange Order. The footage depicts quite a humourous battle reconstruction. This 'sham' sword fight shares features with other folk re-enactments such as the Morris Dance - a choreographed English folk dance.