March 2021

The Sack of Berwick

2021-03-30T13:04:01+00:00

The Sack of Berwick must surely be one of the bloodiest atrocities of the Scottish Wars of Independence.  Today a ghostly piper is said to play his pipes while pacing the ramparts of Berwick Castle. We do not know who this spectre is, but could he be a victim of Edward I of England’s rage? [...]

The Sack of Berwick2021-03-30T13:04:01+00:00

Alexander III: A ghostly visitor at his wedding was a portent of his impending death

2021-03-29T21:31:18+00:00

Alexander III, King of Scots' wedding to Yolande de Dreux was unforgettable. Wine flowed freely in the Great Hall of Jedburgh Castle. This was a grand affair and a masked ball had been organised by the king. Thousands of candles lit the hall and the numerous guests danced to the music. Suddenly the doors burst [...]

Alexander III: A ghostly visitor at his wedding was a portent of his impending death2021-03-29T21:31:18+00:00

August 2020

William Wallace: The Man, the Myth, The Legend

2020-10-15T19:30:33+00:00

William Wallace was executed on the 23rd of August 1305. He began life as an obscure laird or lord, one of Scotland’s lesser nobility. Wallace was never king of Scotland but for a short while, he led the country. He was a soldier and yet he fought in relatively few battles. So what caused his [...]

William Wallace: The Man, the Myth, The Legend2020-10-15T19:30:33+00:00

June 2020

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend

2020-10-15T19:31:37+00:00

The Battle of Bannockburn fought on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314, was a turning point in Scottish History. To a large extent, it was this battle which made Robert the Bruce the legend he is in modern-day Scotland.  The Scots were greatly outnumbered and yet they won the day. But what happened at [...]

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend2020-10-15T19:31:37+00:00

April 2020

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?

2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

On the 11th April 1951, Scotland’s Stone of Destiny was found on the High Altar of Arbroath Abbey. The Stone had been missing for months. Some would argue that the Stone had not really been stolen for the Stone had been wrested from Scotland some seven hundred years before. But how can a simple block [...]

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

The Declaration of Arbroath and Historical Events at Arbroath Abbey

2020-10-15T19:28:37+00:00

The Declaration of Arbroath was signed on the 6th of April 1320. Robert the Bruce and a retinue of earls and knights met at Arbroath Abbey to sign the historic document. Not only was this most likely the most important document ever to be signed in Scotland but the ramifications of its ideals were to [...]

The Declaration of Arbroath and Historical Events at Arbroath Abbey2020-10-15T19:28:37+00:00

November 2018

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King

2020-10-16T19:00:08+00:00

Robert I, King of Scots is better known by his title Robert the Bruce. This was the man who was to become a legend, a hero, a saviour to his people. This was the man who secured Scotland’s independence from England. He lived in a time when kings saw it as their God-given right to [...]

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King2020-10-16T19:00:08+00:00
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