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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1642: The Wars of Scottish Independence: Memory and Materiality

Thursday 4 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Historic Environment Scotland
Organiser:Morvern French, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Alastair Macdonald, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Paper 1642-aThe Stone of Destiny: Edward I's Souvenir from a Conquered Scotland
(Language: English)
David H. Caldwell, Department of Scotland & Europe, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Historiography - Medieval, Military History
Paper 1642-b'Excuse me, where is Edinburgh Castle?': Rediscovering the Medieval Stronghold
(Language: English)
Rachel Pickering, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular, Military History
Paper 1642-cThe Immateriality of Kildrummy: Christina Bruce and Her Defence of 1335
(Language: English)
Morvern French, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Women's Studies

This session presents recent research by Historic Environment Scotland. The first paper reports some conclusions from a HES-sponsored study of the Stone of Destiny. There is no doubt that Edward I removed a stone from Scotland and had it installed in Westminster Abbey, but what was it he took and what significance should we attach to it? The second looks at Edinburgh Castle, once a royal residence and impregnable fortress. Much of the medieval fabric and history are lost to visitors today, but research and excavations are bringing a hidden part of the castle's story back to life. The final paper considers the historiographical reputation of Christina Bruce, sister of Robert I, who in 1335 defended a besieged Kildrummy Castle. This paper will tell Christina's story, previously downplayed by chroniclers and historians.