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11 03, 2016

Bruce’s Battle

Bannockburn. Robert the Bruce’s battle of the underdog against Edward II’s army, the largest ever to invade Scotland, a piece of Scottish history that evokes pride in a nation that refused to give up.  A nation determined, stubborn and passionate with belief in a dream called Freedom. It was a two-day battle, on the 24th & 25th June 1314, that saw Stirling [...]

24 01, 2016

D’ye Ken…? 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Burns

  Other than religious figures, only Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus have more statues dedicated to them around the world than Robert Burns.   J.D. Salinger’s famous 1951 novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ based its title from a poem by Robert Burns ‘Comin' Thro' the Rye’.   The Soviet Union was the first country in [...]

22 01, 2016

Visit To Strathleven Artizans

STRATHLEVEN  ARTIZANS  At midday on a Sunday we took the Bannockburn Chess set to Renton, to meet the members of the Strathleven Artizans, a fantastic team of Robert the Bruce enthusiasts whose aim is to promote historical links with King Robert the Bruce and King David II. Bruce spent his last years in Renton, until his death [...]