17 08, 2016
  • Nigel Tranter

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 [...]

4 07, 2016
  • Battle of Bannockburn


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 [...]

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 [...]

11 03, 2016
  • Bannockburn Chess Set

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 [...]

22 01, 2016
  • Bannockburn Chess Set

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 [...]