In a little more than a month’s time a major festival – BannockburnLive — will take place over the last weekend of June near Stirling, commemorating the Battle of Bannockburn, which took place 700 years ago. The battle is an event, however, that does not only resonate strongly with the Scots in Scotland, nor is its commemoration a new development. 100 years ago, in 1914, when the 600th anniversary if the Battle took place, many a Scot abroad joined in to remember that famous moment in Scottish history. As the Register (Adelaide, Australia) reported, ‘Scotsmen the world over celebrated yesterday the anniversary of the famous Battle of Bannockburn … Such a glorious achievement could not but live in the memory of all true Sons of the land o’ cakes’. In New York a good number of Scots had gathered in celebration too (see photograph).
If you are interested in learning more about this wider story of the Battle of Bannockburn, please join me and fellow historian Dr David Caldwell as we discuss the battle and its on-going resonance around the Scottish diaspora. As a powerful statement of Scottish identity, we offer a timely examination of the battle and its global legacy.
Saturday Showcase: Commemorating Bannockburn at Home and Abroad
Date: Sat 21 June
Venue: Auditorium, Level 1
To book a place, please visit the Events website of the National Museum of Scotland and scroll to the date of the event – details for booking are included there.