2005-07-28 Ireland Trip Page 9 - Stirling, Scotland
One of the two national heroes of Scotland,Robert the Bruce, who was descended from my personal favorites, King Malcom III Ceann-Mor and Saint Margaret of England.
George Bruce, of Richmond county, Virginia, born in 1640, was our first American ancestor on.my mother's side. The family descended, it is believed, from Edward, Baron Bruce of Kinloss, who died in 1610,a friend of James I of England and the founder of the Scottish families possessing the titles of Eglin and Aylesbury.
Robert the Bruce had a tough time after killing a noble, and his rival to the throne, John Comyn, in a church. The papacy was outraged and Comyn's kinsmen wanted revenge. Kildrmmy Castle was taken, his brother Neil beheaded, his sister and Countess Isabella were stuck in cages, and his wife and daughter were put in separate prisons. Thus he was on the run for awhile until he returned to wage a guerrilla campaign against the English. was 14 years before the war was officially over.
The Declaration of Arbroath, dated 6 April 1320 states: "For so long as one hundred men remain alive, we shall never under any conditions submit to the domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches that we fight, but only for liberty, which no good man will consent to lose but with his life."
James V's Palace, who was crowned when was only 17 months old. His first wife died and this was built for his second French Queen. He died at the age of 30, broken by the disastrous defeat of his army by the English at Solway Moss, leaving a female baby to succeed him, Mary, Queen of Scots.
The flags were flying at half mast after the terrorist bombings in London that occurred shortly before we went to Scotland
"Mary Queen of Scots returned to her Scottish kingdom in 1561 and found a country that had become Protestant while she remained Catholic."
The original painting near the ceiling has been restored in the Great Hall-late 15th century.
The medieval tapestries are being created for the castle again (each one takes two years to complete.)
This church is located at the bottom of the hill and is 200 years old!