Guardians of Scotland (Returning Jacobites)

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Guardians of Scotland (Returning Jacobites)


This option is for returning participants who have previously completed the Jacobites course.

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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:

- A weekly journal with a narrative history, timelines, sources and activities.

- A Facebook page with regular posts of articles, images, original sources and multimedia.

- A guided discussion each weekend. (Sundays: 9 pm and Midnight GMT for an hour each).

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's 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.