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 is already attracting a lot of attention.
A feature of both chess sets is that all 32 chess pieces are different, with the Bannockburn set hosting many figures in medieval Scottish history. These include Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, William Lamberton, Stirling Castle and Cambuskenneth Abbey; and for the English – Edward II, Richard de Burgh and the Tower of London.
In fact, Robert the Bruce features in both chess sets – as the King at Bannockburn and a Knight in the Robert Burns chess set, representing Burns’ Scottish anthem “Scots Wha Hae!”.
Bruno Oliveira of the Armoury Department at the Mill expects a high level of interest, “We have had chess sets before but nothing like these. All the playing pieces in both sets are different and I have been doing my homework to make sure I know something about each of the 64 pieces.”