Source: Stirling Observer
Fort displays Russell Crowe gift
By Marie Sharp
Rosie, a prop from the 2009 film Robin Hood, was donated to the Clanranald Trust by the actor, as a thank you to them for providing extras in the movie. The £60,000 medieval weapon, has been kept in storage by the trust since its arrival, but this weekend it will be dusted off and loaded on to a flatbed truck, before heading to its new home in the Carron Valley.
The group plans to put the battering ram on public display at Duncarron Fort, and are delighted to finally be able to include it in their re-enactments. Chief executive of the trust, Charlie Allan, became friends with Mr Crowe during the filming of Gladiator, and told him about the trust’s work to recreate a medieval fort in Duncarron.
Members of the trust, who travel to schools and events for battle re-enactments, and educational visits, were brought in to work as extras on the Robin Hood movie.
Mr Allan said: ‘While we were on the set of Robin Hood, Russell suggested trying to get some of the props.
“I had my eye on some tents, which I thought would look good until we got our long houses built. He said he’d do what he could to help and the very next day he came to me with a huge grin on his face, grabbed me by the sleeve, pointed at the battering ram and said: ‘It’s all yours’’.’
The Clanranald Trust for Scotland is a registered charity established in 1996 and dedicated to promoting increased awareness of Scottish culture and heritage through interactive education and entertainment. The Duncarron Medieval Village project, has members commited to building a full-sized fortified medieval village in the Carron Valley, near Denny. Rosie, the battering ram, will be based on the site of the fort, and may even take part in an upcoming war re-enactment. She will be taken out of storage, in Kincardine on Saturday morning and brought by a local haulage firm to her new home.