Historians Prepare to do Battle over Roslin Battlefield

Monday April 24th 2017

Edward III invades Scotland

Local experts will be going in to battle on 3rd May at a special evening seminar on the Battle of Roslin.

The battle, which took place on 24th February 1303, is one of the least well known of the medieval battles between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence and is said to have taken place as three successive battles, with the Scots defeating a far larger English army. However, with little hard evidence and minimal accounts, this seminar will be looking at the truths behind the battle and giving audiences a real flavour of what the battle may have been like.

Two leading experts on local medieval history will be leading the charge on the night to debate whether the battle was a dramatic victory for the Scots, or whether the story has been elaborated over time. Arran Johnstone, Battlefield Historian and Historical Consultant, and Fiona Rogan, Learning & Outreach Manager, Rosslyn Chapel Trust Ltd will be joined by David Caldwell, President, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, to debate the issue.

The event will be taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd May at the historic Rosslyn Chapel, adjacent to the historic battlefield site. The event is being held as part of the Midlothian Heritage Week, which runs from 1-7th May.

Commenting on the event, Fiona Rogan from Rosslyn Chapel Trust Ltd, said:

“The Battle of Roslin deserves greater attention and we are delighted to have created this event to draw attention to this lesser well known period of Scottish history. Families will be given a real sense of what medieval warfare was like. We hope that it may spark wider interest in the battlefield and inspire current and future generations to learn more about the period and the archaeological sites around Roslin and Midlothian.”

The event is ticketed. Free tickets can be booked in advance from Rosslyn Chapel website HERE or call Fiona Rogan on 0131 440 2159

For more information contact Ross Laird, 07940 775550

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