James I’s Accession as King (4 April 1406): Scotland’s Kingship [Paused]

James I’s Accession as King (4 April 1406): Scotland’s Kingship [Paused]. Professor Richard Oram. Just as winter ended in 1406, Scotland’s invalid king, Robert III, was approaching the end of his life. Excluded from active involvement in the government of his kingdom for all of his reign (1390-1406), Robert had spent most of his time…

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A Battlefield for Power on the Scottish Border: Melrose Abbey

A Battlefield for Power on the Scottish Border: Melrose Abbey. Professor Richard Oram. James and Joan’s first hours in Scotland were spent within the precinct at Melrose Abbey. The oldest monastery of Cistercian monks in Scotland, founded in 1136 by James’s ancestor, King David I, it was one of the richest and most extensive landowners…

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Castles and Kings… Just where was Perth’s Royal House?

Castles and Kings… Just where was Perth’s Royal House? This is the second article in the new series about James I from the Perthshire Advertiser. The Perthsire Advertiser has teamed up with Professor Richard Oram of the James I / Charterhouse Project, who are looking at the fascinating apects of James I’s life and how…

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Global Pandemics Sadly Not New In Scotland

Global Pandemics Sadly Not New In Scotland. As the world finds itself in the grip of Coronavirus (Covid-19), with Donald Trump battling the impact of a virus on his re-election chances, Boris Johnston and his Cabinet colleagues, and even the heads of our Royal family now suffering from this potentially deadly illness emanating from China,…

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