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 Dunfermline Foundry (1816 to 1892), the latest in his series on Dunfermline’s Industrial Past, George Beattie, reports on his study of this pioneering engineering business in the town. The firm was lead by two influential men, the second of whom, John Whitelaw, became the Provost. Under his leadership, the firm supplied cast iron products to prestigious customers across the UK and overseas.
At our April 2017 meeting, Dr. Morna Fleming presented a fascinating talk on “Robert Henryson’s Morall Fabillis”. She gave us an excellent introduction to this major work by the 15th Century Dunfermline poet, which stimulated many questions from the audience. She finished by giving us a couple of book recommendations and some website links “for further exploration”, which I’ve listed here.
- The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables, translated by Seamus Heaney (Faber, 2008)
- Among His Personal Effects, by Craig McDonald
- The Robert Henryson Society website at
- The original Glasgow University Robert Henryson site at
- this site includes a modernised edition of the Thirteen Moral Fables by R.W. Smith.
- A dramatised reading of the Testament of Cresseid by Colin Donalti and Morna Fleming at
DID YOU KNOW…
…the story that Ralph Erskine’s mother “died” before he was born?
The Rev. Ralph Erskine was a seccessionist minister in Dunfermline in the early 18th Century, and his statue stands outside the former church in Pilmuir Street. There is a little known tale about his mother, Margaret Halcro, who is buried in Scotlandwell.
In “The Burial Place of Margaret Halcro“, George Robertson tells the tall(?) tale.
Did You Know…
..that there is a vital link between Dippy the Dinosaur and Andrew Carnegie?
In “Dippy the Dinosaur and Andrew Carnegie“, Jean Barclay tells us about the famous replica of a Diplodocus skeleton in the Natural History Museum, and how it was created thanks to Andrew Carnegie.
From January to May 2019, it will be on show at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.