It is well known that King Robert the Bruce is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, but the story of the discovery of his remains in the 19th Century and the ceremonies surrounding his re-burial are not so well known. In “Robert the Bruce Buried Again” Sue Mowat presents to us a fascinating newspaper article from the time and tells us about the large gathering of Scotland’s “great and good” who were present on the day.
In “The Chequered History of Dunfermline’s Cokete Seal“, Dr. Jean Barclay reports on the current status of a remarkable object surviving from the reign of King Robert the Bruce.
We all know that during the reformation, the Abbeys were abolished. Much of Dunfermline Abbey is now ruined, but the Church is, of course, still in use.
But what about the people involved? In this article, Sue Mowat explains the events of the Reformation in Dunfermline and tells us “What Happened to the Monks“.
In “The Abbey Graveyard Toolhouse” Sue Mowat corrects some common misconceptions about an unusual small building in the Abbey churchyard and also tells of the opening of the first museum in Dunfermline.
After the Crimean War, a large number of captured cannons were given to British towns as trophies. In “The Graveyard Gun” Sue Mowat gives us an insight into local politics in the 19th Century and the decidedly mixed response to Dunfermline’s Russian Gun.