Famous battle talk for members

The National Trust for Scotland.
The National Trust for Scotland.

The next afternoon talk organised by the Angus Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is on Thursday, January 16, at 2.30 p.m., in the

Guide Hall, Myre Car park, Forfar.

The talk, given by a member of staff from Bannockburn, will be about the Battle of Bannockburn and the development of the new visitor centre.

The Battle of Bannockburn took place near Stirling on June 23 and 24.

The famous battle between the Scottish forces under Robert the Bruce and a much larger English army under King Edward II is often regarded as one of the most decisive battles of the First War of Scottish Independence.

By the end of the second day, thousands lay dead or dying on the battlefield and the English army had been routed. As they fled south many English nobles were captured and taken hostage, but King Edward II managed to reach Dunbar from where he escaped back to England by sea.

This resounding Scottish victory left Bruce in military control north of the border and paved the way to Scotland’s independence.

The area where Robert the Bruce was thought to have planted his standard and gathered his troops before the battle was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in 1943. Over the years a number of commemorative monuments have been built on the site, including the impressive bronze statue of Bruce onhis war horse, which was unveiled by the Queen in 1964. To mark the 700th anniversary of the battle, in a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, the monuments have been restored and repaired and an exciting new visitor centre is due to open in March.

The talk is open to everyone, no pre-booking necessary, so go along to the Guide Hall in Forfar at 2.30 p.m. to learn more. The admission charge of £4 includes light refreshments.