The Human Face of Robert the Bruce

The Human Face of Robert the Bruce

People may think …  ‘not another facial reconstruction’ and just give this a fleeting glance, comment on the ‘funny’ hairstyle and not look any further.  But this is so much more.  Not only is this a scientifically based reconstruction based on facts rather than presumptions it gives us a new insight into the life of Robert the […]

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This Week in History: Isabel MacDuff and Robert the Bruce

This Week in History: Isabel MacDuff and Robert the Bruce

With attention focused on the approaching 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, it’s worth taking a look at the events and figures instrumental in the lead-up to the momentous battle. Strangely absent from the legends surrounding Bannockburn is the role played by women, even though one largely looked-over heroine enabled Robert the Bruce’s claim […]

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Bannockburn Visitor Centre Ready for Battle

Bannockburn Visitor Centre Ready for Battle

We’re just back from a quick trip up the road to just outside Stirling to check out the new Bannockburn Visitor Centre, set to open to the public next weekend. Coming in (on time, and on budget) with a price tag of £9.1 million, the centre uses state-of-the-art motion capture techniques and fight choreography to […]

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Poem Marks Bannockburn Anniversary

Poem Marks Bannockburn Anniversary

A new poem has been unveiled to mark the upcoming 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The specially commissioned poem appears on a new timber ring crowning on the Rotunda Monument at the historic battle site. The designer behind the original monument, Sir Robert Matthew, planned for it to bear an inscription however nothing […]

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The Lion and the Clans

The Lion and the Clans

Why is the image of a lion so prevalent in Scottish Clan heraldry? Why would a beast that was never native to Scotland feature so heavily? The image of the lion in art and culture dates back to pre history and cave paintings. Our ancient ancestors who’s story began in Africa would have admired these […]

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Freedom and Chips Please!

Freedom and Chips Please!

The Declaration of Arbroath is one of Scotland’s most famous documents. Scotland’s great cry of independence and freedom from the (then) yoke of the English. As with all great moments in history they do tend to appear on all manner of tourist souvenirs; there are Declaration of Arbroath fridge magnets, Declaration tea towels, probably even […]

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