The Perth Charterhouse – James I and Queen Joan’s Tomb

The Perth Charterhouse – James I and Queen Joan’s Tomb. Professor Richard Oram. Foremost amongst the reasons why James chose to found a Carthusian priory at Perth was his desire to create a generator of spiritual power that would be channelled towards securing the future salvation of his mortal soul. The austere Carthusian monks, whose…

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Roxburgh Castle

Roxburgh Castle. Professor Richard Oram. Almost invisible amongst the trees and scrub on the summit of the long ridge between the rivers Tweed and Teviot just west of their confluence at Kelso, the fragmentary ruins of Roxburgh Castle are a sad remnant of what was once one of Scotland’s greatest royal fortresses. We do not…

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EARL ARRESTED IN DAWN SWOOP

EARL ARRESTED IN DAWN SWOOP – ANGUS LEADS RAID ON ATHOLL AT METHVEN KING’S UNCLE DENIES HAND IN CONSPIRACY – IMPLICATED BY GRANDSON’S CONFESSION HE’S AN EVIL OLD SNAKE, SAYS ABBOT. Professor Richard Oram.   In a dramatic development this morning, the Lord High Constable Depute announced that Walter, earl of Atholl, our late beloved…

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Margaret Stewart and Lincluden College

Margaret Stewart and Lincluden College. Professor Richard Oram.   Although the tomb of James I and Joan Beaufort in the Perth Charterhouse was destroyed around the time of the Reformation, some sense of how royal or high status Scottish tombs looked and were located in churches can be obtained from the few surviving monuments to…

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Walter Bower and Inchcolm Abbey

Walter Bower and Inchcolm Abbey. Professor Richard Oram.   Much of the detailed information we have about the troubled reign of King Robert III and the events of James I’s own reign come from the great early 15th-century chronicle called Scotichronicon. This massive work, completed in about 1440, drew together several older chronicles which covered…

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FOUL MURDER AT BLACKFRIARS

FOUL MURDER AT BLACKFRIARS   KING JAMES SLAIN BY TRAITOROUS CONSPIRATORS QUEEN WOUNDED IN MIDNIGHT ASSAULT BRAVE DEFENDERS GRIEVOUSLY INJURED BY CALLOUS KILLERS EYE-WITNESSES SAY, ‘IT WAS ROBERT GRAHAM AND THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS’. Professor Richard Oram.   Reports from Perth are still confused this morning, but it has been confirmed that our liege lord, King…

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