Global Bannockburn: Historical Ties with the Scottish Diaspora

BannockburnNYAs the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn is celebrated, let’s go on a tour of how the Scottish diaspora got involved, in 1914, for the 600th  anniversary. Let’s start with the British Empire’s remotest outpost, New Zealand. The most notable celebration in New Zealand took place in Dunedin – as you may know, this is the Gaelic for Edinburgh – so called because it was set up as a Free Church settlement. In that city the sexcentenary of the Battle was celebrated by the Burns Club, an interesting development given that the Club was neither the oldest Scottish club in the city, nor the largest.  As was reported in the local press:

When the patriotism of Scottish people is concerned, one can always be certain of a

The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1914

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 10.08.27The  700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn is imminent and many activities are taking place to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary. There is, for instance, the Battle of Bannockburn Project, a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project seeks to create an innovative new visitor centre and sensitive landscaping around Bannockburn that will change the way visitors experience the site, ‘making it a truly world-class site for this defining moment in Scotland’s history’. As part of the Project the public could vote on the poem to be inscribed to the new replacement ring beam of the iconic 1960s-built Rotunda monument at the Bannockburn site.

Given the flurry of activity this year, however, it …

The Battle of Bannockburn and the Scots Abroad

Next year will see the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and much has already been made of that. There is, for instance, the Battle of Bannockburn Project, a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project seeks to create an innovative new visitor centre and sensitive landscaping around Bannockburn that will change the way visitors experience the site, ‘making it a truly world-class site for this defining moment in Scotland’s history’. As part of the Project the public could vote on the poem to be inscribed to the new replacement ring beam of the iconic 1960s-built Rotunda monument at the Bannockburn site, and, in 2014, there will be re-enactments of the Battle.…