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Robert the Bruce is
Scotland’s greatest
national hero.

Where Wallace was to fail in
the struggle against English domination, Bruce was to succeed.

As seventh Lord of Annandale and Earl of Carrick, Bruce’s roots lay in both Scotland and Normandy.

With lands in England the family wished to retain, the Bruces played a shadowy roll in the early efforts Scotland made to rid herself of the unwanted presence of Edward I “The Hammer of the Scots”.

After the death of his father Bruce finally came to the fore in the struggle. His qualities of leadership, pre-eminent fighting skills, unfailing courage and, perhaps most importantly, his humanity, eventually saw the majority of Scots fall in behind his campaign.
Bannockburn is often hailed his greatest achievement. In military terms it certainly was. But Bruce must be remembered for one of the most important documents ever produced in Europe, The Declaration of Arbroath. Above all he gained Scotland her independence…just months before he died. Bruce was a man loved by his supporters; and a man to whom Scotland is still in debt.

A major debate is set to take place in Dumfries as part of the Scotland wide events marking the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

The Bruce Trust has teamed up with Glasgow University to stage the prestigious discussions on Saturday, February 8.

Scottish education minister Mike Russell, MSP; Professor Ted Cowan, head of Glasgow University Crichton campus; Alan Young, author of "In the Footsteps of Bruce" and other titles; and researcher Stuart McCulloch from New Abbey; will be the four speakers.
The debate will be chaired by former Scottish Parliamentary preside officer, Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries.
The subject relates to an incident in Dumfries 708 years before almost to the day: The slaying of the Red Comyn; Good or Bad for Scotland.
Mr Russell and Professor Cowan will put forward arguments in favour while Mr Young and Mr McCulloch will argue it was bad.
The killing, which happened in the original Greyfriars Church, the site now bounded by Friars Vennel, Castle Street and Buccleuch Street, set in motion the chain of events which ultimately led to Bannockburn, the Declaration of Arbroath and the Treaty of Northampton which finally guaranteed Scotlandís independence.

The debate will take place at Room 232, Browne House, at the Crichton campus between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Tickets which cost £8 are available from the Trust through chairman Ian McClumpha on / or contact vice chairman Doug Archibald on 07967086385.

The Bruce Trust has embarked on its most ambitious project so far, the creation of a Bruce Centre. As a small charity, the workload is quite onerous. We need new members, young blood with fresh ideas. Anyone who can attend regular meetings in Dumfries will be welcome. Please contact Doug Archibald on 07967 086 385 if you are interested.