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17 08, 2016

How Heavy Are Our Chess Sets?

Size really matters… one thing that never fails to surprise and impress people is the size and weight of our beautiful pewter chess sets. These sets are big! As can be seen from the above photograph from 1993 of the set creator John Morgan (left) with historic novelist Nigel Tranter, who inspired the first edition [...]

13 08, 2016

Bruce at the gates of Edinburgh Castle

For the first time, the new Battle of Bannockburn and Robert Burns chess sets are on view to the Scottish public in the Armoury Department in the Tartan Weaving Mill at the entrance to Castle Esplanade at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Being so close to Edinburgh Castle, the Battle of Bannockburn Chess set [...]

7 08, 2016

5 Facts About Our Robert Burns Chess Set

A Unique Responsibility Very few chess sets in the world have as much thought, care and attention paid to their creation as the Robert Burns and Battle of Bannockburn Chess Sets, with a remarkable bonus for chess players: Have you ever played with a chess set where all 32 pieces are different? Only then do [...]

27 07, 2016

Four Facts About Our Battle of Bannockburn Chess Set

A unique responsibility Very few chess sets in the world have as much thought, care and attention paid to their creation as the Battle of Bannockburn and Robert Burns Chess Sets, with a remarkable bonus for chess players: Have you ever played with a chess set where all 32 pieces are different? Only then do [...]

4 07, 2016

“SCOTS WHA HAE…”

In Mid May, the Battle of Bannockburn Chess Set paid a visit to the Elderslie Village Hall, Renfrewshire, the birth town of Scottish hero, Sir William Wallace and the home of the Society of William Wallace. This was no ordinary visit, as everyone present got the opportunity not only to see the magnificent set close-up [...]

18 05, 2016

Robert Burns: Thinking Out Loud

So many of Robert Burns’ poems and songs offer the window to our inner selves, reaching the real “we” who get submerged and sometimes locked away by the pressures of this day and age. But he isn’t the only one who can remind us how we should feel for the ones we love, not just [...]

16 05, 2016

Steve Trickett 1954 – 2016

We have just heard from his brother Andy that the maestro sculptor who so brilliantly crafted all 64 of the figures in our Battle of Bannockburn and Robert Burns Chess sets passed away last week on holiday in Rhodes at the ridiculously wasteful age of 62. Steve was an utterly amazing talent; a true and [...]

21 04, 2016

Ten Little Known Facts About Robert Burns

1. American President, Abraham Lincoln introduced to the works of Robert Burns at an early age by Scottish-American Jack Kelso. Lincoln developed a lifelong admiration for his work, some claiming that the poet’s verse played a key role in helping Lincoln win the American civil war and abolish slavery. 2. In 1865, Scotsman Alexander Williamson, [...]

2 04, 2016

Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)

Robert Burns is Scotland’s national poet and rightly considered one of the most famous figures of Scotland. Over two hundred years since his death, Rabbie Burns, is celebrated and remembered annually at Burns suppers, not just in Scotland but all over the world. Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January 1759, in the village [...]

24 03, 2016

“Chess is everything: art, science and sport” (Anatoly Karpov)

Just as chess is a difficult game to master, its origin is a difficult puzzle. We may never know the exact truth of its birth. Chess has been played in many forms for centuries, through countless cultures and historic moments. Most historians believe it started in India, Persia, or China. The form of chess, which [...]