BONNIE prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots are just two of the guests expected at Traquair this weekend as History Comes Alive.

As part of the Borders Heritage Festival, Traquair House is bringing to life its past with a few surprises thrown in.

Throughout the weekend visitors touring the historic house will be entertained by characters from the past and hear their stories.

Traquair's lady laird Catherine Maxwell Stuart told us: “The history of Traquair is all about the people who lived here and we are really excited to have worked with our community theatre company, Shakespeare at Traquair, to bring some of the history alive in a new and dramatic way and one which can be developed in the future.”

Visitors will have the chance to meet Bonnie Prince Charlie as he discusses the upcoming rebellion with the Earl of Traquair.

They can also learn what is was like to be a daughter of the house sent to Europe to be educated

Mary Queen of Scots is expected to get in a tantrum about her treatment by Lord Darnley.

And there will be plenty opportunity to experience what life was like for a Catholic priest living in secret at Traquair in the 1690s.

The dramatic scenarios will be re-enacted within the house throughout each day.

And there will also be a demonstration of medieval wool dyeing and spinning.

Normal admission prices apply with the historical guests expected between 11am and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.