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.…