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The Battle of Bannockburn Project

The Battle of Bannockburn - almost 700 years on

In preparation for the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, where the most significant victory won by Scotland over an invading English army is commemorated, the visitor centre is undergoing extensive restoration works.

Here lies our land: every airt
Beneath swift clouds, glad glints of sun,
Belonging to none but itself.

We are mere transients, who sing
Its westlin’ winds and fernie braes,
Northern lights and siller tides,

Small folk playing our part.
'Come all ye', the country says
You win me, who take me most to heart.

Kathleen Jamie

Poem to Commemorate the Battle

Bannockburn Rotunda Monument
Bannockburn Rotunda Monument

The iconic 1960s rotunda monument is going be fitted with a new timber ring inscribed with a poem to mark the famous battle.

There was a competition recently to decide which poetic inscription should be placed upon the rotunda beam and the successful poem was written by Kathleen Jamie. Her poem received the most votes from the public and from a panel of independent experts, which included the Scots Makar Liz Lochhead.

Kathleen, who is a professor at Stirling University and a Chair in Creative Writing, was one of ten people commissioned by Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

Recreation of the Battle

Battle of Bannockburn
Battle of Bannockburn

The National Trust for Scotland will recreate the battlefield in the new vistor centre, based on an eight-months' research project by a University of Stirling academic.

Dr. Richard Tipping, whose fields of expertise include reconstruction of vegetation history and climate change, is to map the landscape of the battle site  as it was in 1314 employing carbon-dating technology.

The research team will analyse the topography of the Carse of Stirling south-east of Stirling Castle, where the decisive second day of the battle is assumed to have taken place.

Knowing the ground conditions and terrain will give historians a better understanding of the course of the battle.

Wars of Scottish Independence

The Battle of Bannockburn is probably the most famous of Scottish military victories. However, the Wars of Independence raged between the kingdoms of Scotland and England for a period of sixty years from the end of the 13th century onwards.

Ormond Hill, Avoch
Ormond Hill, Avoch

The North Rising

An early part of the campaign for Scottish Independence started in the north of Scotland and became known as the North Rising. Andrew de Moray raised his standard in 1297 on the top of Ormond Hill, leading the insurrection in the north against Edward I of England. After driving the English invaders out of the north of Scotland, he joined forces with William Wallace and they later fought together at the Battle of Stirling Brig, where de Moray was fatally wounded.

Often receiving little or no credit for his and his family’s role in the Scottish Wars of Independence, de Moray's life and sacrifice for Scottish freedom is marked each year in the fishing village of Avoch on the Black Isle. In 2013, the North Rising March and Rally will take place on Saturday, 18th May.

The Andrew De Moray Project website is undergoing essential maintenance at the moment; you can, however, register your interest of related events.

Battle of Byland Moor

After the Battle of Bannockburn, the wars continued in the north of England. The Battle of Byland Moor, fought in Yorkshire in 1322, was an important victory for the Scots but is sadly not as well known as the Battle of Bannockburn. Those who wish to learn more about this important battle and its background, in which Edward II of England was almost captured, will find this an informative web page.

  1. Image sources: Bannockburn Rotunda Monument, Battle of Bannockburn, Ormond Hill

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