Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Perspectives Conference – 23 August 2013

New perspectives on the Scottish Wars of Independence: Scotland and the governance of England in the thirteenth century A free conference marking the end of the ‘Breaking of Britain’ AHRC-funded project (see for details).   Friday 23 August Senate Room, Gilbert … Continue reading

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July 2013 – Edward I’s takeover of Scotland in 1291

An unsophisticated account of Edward’s takeover of Scotland in 1291[1] Dauvit Broun (PI) Attention was drawn in Ian Stone’s Feature of the Month for November 2012 (‘William Wallace: traitor to the king of Scotland?’) to how Edward I was referred … Continue reading

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This week – 21 July 1222

A charter to Coldingham Priory is issued by Alexander II. Though not necessarily an important document for the priory, the charter marked a watershed in his kingship. From this point forward, the plural of majesty was adopted and used systematically … Continue reading

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This week – 15 July 1235

Thomas, illegitimate son of the late Alan, lord of Galloway, was defeated by Alexander II and Fearchar, earl of Ross. Thomas had gained the support of the Galwegians following Alan’s death without a legitimate male heir.

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This week – 8 July 1249

King Alexander II died of fever on the island of Kerrera, in Oban Bay, during an expedition against King Haakon IV of Norway. He was buried at Melrose Abbey.

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This week – 6 July 1295

On this date, a parliament was held by John Balliol at Stirling. This was King John’s penultimate parliament, and the main order of business would likely have been the Franco-Scottish treaty which was concluded that October and ratified in February … Continue reading

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Introductory Podcast In this podcast, project investigators Dauvit Broun, David Carpenter and Keith Stringer discuss the historical background to the Wars of Independence, the nature of cross-border society and the objectives of the Breaking of Britain project.   William Wallace … Continue reading

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