A head and shoulders image of King Robert the Bruce
A head and shoulders image of King Robert the Bruce

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The Burning of Dunfermline Abbey, 1304

King Edward I of England spent the winter of 1303-1304 at Dunfermline Abbey and on the 10th of February he departed, leaving orders that the Abbey be burned to the ground. Edward had previously said of the Dunfermline Abbey -  "not a church, but a den of thieves...a thorn in the eye of the English crown" for the monks had supported William Wallace and the uprising against the English occupation of Scotland.

 

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Bruce & Comyn

Robert the Bruce and John 'Red' Comyn met at Greyfriars Church in Dumfries on the 10th of February 1306. After an argument, the Bruce left Comyn for dead on the floor of the church.

 

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The Bruce Festival 2013

Held annually at Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline, the Bruce Festival features a medieval village, battle reenactment, jousting, falconry, food and music.

 

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Declaration of Arbroath

On April 6 1320 the Declaration of Arbroath was sent to Pope John XXII. Drafted by the Abbot of Arbroath and sealed by 51 Scottish nobles and magnates the declaration is seen by many as the founding document of the Scottish nation. The document was also used as a basis for the American Declaration of Independence some 450 years later.

 

Watch a video of  'The Bruce' reading the declaration

 

The Battle of Inverurie

A battle in the north east of Scotland which took place in 1308. The King's forces moved to attack the army of John Comyn, 3rd Earl of Buchan. The earl was Bruce's main opponent in the civil war in Scotland.

This animation was made by Diane Rowley, a student at Carnegie College.

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The Legend of King Robert the Bruce & the Spider

A re-telling of the legend that Robert the Bruce encountered a spider during his time hiding in the wilds of Scotland. The story was made popular by Sir Walter Scott in his book Tales of a Grandfather, published in 1828.

This animation was made by Deborah Dey, a student at Carnegie College.

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