Guardians of Scotland


Guardians of Scotland

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A short history course on the First Scottish War of Independence. Six booklets take 2-4+ hours each at your own pace.

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The course:

- Explore the stories of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Good Sir James Douglas.

- Evaluate original sources and draw your own conclusions.

- Track and consider your understanding of major themes and events.

The course includes:

- Six booklets presenting a discursive account of events and related activities based around primary sources.
- Six media pages offer a selection of multimedia sources and links for those who'd like to go into more detail.

There are no tests, papers or assessments, but each booklet includes some quick, optional activities such as investigating a particular original source or evaluating a historical character. By working through the course you can expect the following outcomes:

- A clear, evidence-based understanding of events at the time.
- Experience in working with a wide range of primary and secondary sources.
- Awareness of how to go about building evidence-based historical narratives.
- Familiarity with the options for using multimedia to promote history/ historical narratives.
- Plenty of approaches to continuing your historical research.

Posts/ threads are open at any time, so Sunday meet-ups are also entirely optional.

Guide: David Morrison FHEA.

Guardians of Scotland starts with the early conflict when William Wallace and Sir Andrew Murray/ de Moray were to the fore. However, the fighting lasted for over 30 years and events become driven by Robert I or ‘The Bruce’ and his aide Sir James Douglas.

Participants will follow a thorough review of events during the conflict, while using a range of methods to investigating core issues and understandings about the period. The content is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts.

The suggested 2-4+ hours is sufficient to explore the PDF booklets and to scan through linked sites and media. However, by accessing a wide variety of archives and sources the course also opens up a route into much further investigation of the whole period.


- The Maid of Norway

This section covers events leading up to and including the start of the war, largely involving Wallace and de Moray.

- Robert I of Scotland

The conflict between Robert the Bruce and Edward I of England is discussed and Robert the Bruce is crowned as King of Scotland.

- The Dragon Banner

Edward I unleashes a campaign to defeat Bruce and to control Scotland.

- Capture the Castles

Robert I and James Douglas lead the Scottish fightback against Edward I's forces.

- The Battle of Bannockburn


- Talk of Templars

Reconsidering and evaluating Bannockburn and the events that followed.

- Lord of the Marches

The Good Sir James Douglas' guerrilla campaign.

- The Sow

The Seige of Berwick and related events

- Sovereignty

The Scots' Victory

- The Castle of the Stars

The Good Sir James sets off to take King Robert's heart on crusade.

- The Scottish Crusade

- The role of the Scottish Church within the conflict.

There are a few changes following from the Jacobites course:

  • Links to locations within the text, as a sort of on-the-spot map/ gazetteer.

  • A ‘lively’, events-driven narrative with investigations of parts of the narrative slotted in along the way.

  • In addition to the journal - web pages, (with password). This seems a good way to take pieces of 3D, castle cutaways and film clips aside for discussion alongside weekly themes. I kind of felt these could get a bit left behind among posts on Facebook.

I asked how things were going during the Jacobites course and these were among the replies:

"Thanks for all the incredible work you've done for this course."

"I also must say, what fantastic work you've put into this. I do my own presentations, so I know have long it takes."

"Finding time to devote to this is tricky at this time of year but I have put a line through a couple of days next week to really immerse myself. Fantastic work David which is now becoming a major reference work."

"Really enjoying this and you're doing a fantastic piece of work for us."

"Thank you David. I enjoyed learning about the history of Scotland."

"Thank you for the magnificent course. I‘ve learned a lot."

Payment Options

For anyone with dollars or other currencies, the store should convert automatically. For those who prefer, PayPAl can be used with my email and I'll send the course content along asap. Please get in touch if there are any hitches or questions.

The PDF files are zipped, if that presents any complications I can just email the files.

There is a linked Facebook page where I can be contacted by message or you can post to the page.