WILLIAMSTOWN, Kentucky (Oct. 12, 2018) — An avid Medieval knight re-enactor was killed in a tragic mishap at a fair in which he impaled himself with his own lance, officials and relatives said.
Peter Barclay, 52, of Virginia, was killed while performing as “Master Terafan Greydragon” at a Society for Creative Anachronism event in Williamstown, Kentucky, on Saturday, according to WLWT-TV.
Barclay’s brother, John, said in a post on Facebook that the accident happened “when his metal-tipped lance, used for catching rings (not jousting), hit the ground and flipped.”
The lance then hit Barclay in the sternum and impaled him. He died while being airlifted to a nearby hospital. The death was considered an accident, authorities said.
Barclay was a retired lieutenant colonel in the army and left behind a wife and two kids, his brother said.
“He died doing what he loved, but will still be missed,” John Barclay said.
In a statement, the Society for Creative Anachronism, which organizes Medieval re-enactments said it was investigating what exactly happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“A brother in arms to many of us lost his life in the pursuit of our game.The Society’s Equestrian Marshal, Master Terafan Greydragon, died while competing in an equestrian game at an SCA event in Kentucky,” the statement said. “We have reached out to Terafan’s family to express our support for them at this moment of loss. We ask that Terafan and his family be held in your hearts.”