Scottish Borders Abbeys

The Scottish Borders are home to a number of ruined, yet magnificent Abbeys, which were all founded in the 12th Century. The best known four are Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh Abbey. The story of the Border Abbeys is one from building, to attacks, and then rebuilding. But most of all it’s a story of various orders of Monks who represented their order and made the journey from the European continent through England and ended up in the Scottish Borders to live in their holy abbeys and practice their religion.…

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Historic Scotland Sites Re-Open

Historic Environment Scotland: “We are starting a phased reopening of some of our sites across Scotland. After what has felt like history’s longest wait, the easing of certain lockdown restrictions means you and your family can now grab a well earned change of scenery at a selection of our safe and secure sites. It’s a pleasure to welcome you back and we would like to thank you for your patience and perseverance in staying home during this pandemic. When you arrive at any of our reopening sites, we’ll need to…

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Scottish History – Robert The Bruce

Robert I, popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, and eventually led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent country and is today revered in Scotland as a national hero. WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE: Reign: 25 March 1306 – 7 June 1329 Coronation: 25 March 1306 Predecessor: John Successor: David II Born: 11 July 1274…

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Scottish Independence Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary

April the 6th 2020 marks the 700th Anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath and the claim of right of an Independent and sovereign Scotland. ANNIVERSARY FILM (Charlie Stuart / Lesley Riddoch) Documentary celebrating the Declaration of Arbroath on the 700th anniversary 6th April 2020 *This video is not hosted on this website – it is a third party embed code and the actual source resides on vimeo.com The Declaration of Arbroath from Charlie Stuart on Vimeo. Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherlieboy Lesley Riddoch: https://www.lesleyriddoch.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LesleyRiddoch Read Lesley’s article on the anniversary and…

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Battle of Bannockburn 23 & 24 June 1314

The Battle of Bannockburn on 23 and 24 June 1314 was a Scottish victory by King of Scots Robert the Bruce against the army of King Edward II of England in the First War of Scottish Independence. Though it did not bring overall victory in the war, which would go on for 14 more years, it was a landmark in Scottish history. *Article Content From Wikipedia* King Edward invaded Scotland after Bruce demanded in 1313 that all supporters still loyal to ousted Scottish king John Balliol acknowledge Bruce as their…

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Scottish Castles

Scottish castles are buildings that combine fortifications and residence, built within the borders of modern Scotland. Castles arrived in Scotland with the introduction of feudalism in the twelfth century. Initially these were wooden motte-and-bailey constructions, but many were replaced by stone castles with a high curtain wall. During the Wars of Independence, Robert the Bruce pursued a policy of castle slighting. In the late Middle Ages new castles were built, some on a grander scale as “livery and maintenance” castles that could support a large garrison. Gunpowder weaponry led to…

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Scottish Website Links

CULTURE & TOURISM SPORT   TOURISM & CULTURE VISIT SCOTLAND >> www.visitscotland.com HISTORIC SCOTLAND >> www.historicenvironment.scot ABOUT SCOTLAND >> www.scotland.org POLITICS & GOVT SCOTTISH GOVT >> www.gov.scot NEWS & MEDIA SCOTTISH POLITICS NEWS >> www.scottishpoliticsnews.org SPORT SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION >> www.scottishfa.co.uk ENTERTAINMENT Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow >> www.secc.co.uk INFORMATION Traveline Scotland >> www.travelinescotland.com

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