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Robert the Bruce 
Anniversary of his coronation in 1306

It is 700 years since Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone, Perthshire, on March 27, 1306.

Bruceís finest hour, the Battle of Bannockburn (1314), changed the course of Scottish and British history.   Thousands of visitors come every year to Bannockburn near Stirling to experience the very place where Robert the Bruceís 12,000 warriors beat the English King Edward IIís 40,000-strong army.

You can read more about The Bruce and his legacy by visiting these websites:  

Wallace and Bruce

Bannockburn and its Heritage Centre

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Visitscotland information about the Stirling area, Bruce and Wallace

Scone Palaceís Robert the Bruce Pageant Weekend, 29 April Ė 1 May 2006

National Trust for Scotland information about Bannockburn

A collection of Robert the Bruce links from The Scotsmanís Heritage and Culture section


   
FEATURE ARTICLES
 

Robert Burns, Scotland's bard, who was so close...Robert Burns Find out just how close Scotland came to losing the poet to Jamaica, and the role played by Patrick Douglas

Seven Daughters of Eve Almost all people of native European descent, wherever they may live throughout the world, can trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, hence, the Seven Daughters of Eve.

ScotaPharoah's daughter - Queen of Scots. A new book, Scota, Egyptian Queen of the Scots, by Ralph Ellis, claims to prove that this origin myth was no made-up story but the actual recording of an Egyptian exodus that did indeed conclude in Scotland.

Douglas Heritage store opens. look for Douglas history books in our on-line bookstore.

 Robert the Bruce. The 700th anniversary of his coronation was celebrated on 24th March 2006 others.

Rogues and vagabonds. Not all Douglases have been goody goodies - read about horse theives, and others.
  
Slaves and slavers. Slaves and tales of daring-do, as the Douglases hunt down the slave traders.

The Douglas Heart. A heart features on many Douglas family coats of arms, cests etc, including the one at the top of this page.

DNA for women. For about £180, the scientists at Oxford Ancestors will trace ancient maternal ancestry by testing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is passed down from mother to child and changes little over time.

DNA Lineage testing by DNA. A new research project seeks volunteers to help prove Douglas connections

Research legends and myths.  Many families have cherished myths and stories about their immigration to America or other pivotal events and people. We show you how to determine which family legends are true or false.

 
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