1329 Death of Robert the Bruce & Scottish Independence

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Thu, 2010-01-14

Scotland was finally recognised as an independent country in the year 1328 just one year before Bruce died, reportedly from leprosy, at Cardross, near Dumbarton. Bruce’s heart was removed from his body, and taken on a crusade to Granada by James Douglas, although it was eventually interred at Melrose Abbey. A lead casket was recently excavated from the Abbey, and is believed to contain Bruce’s heart. The rest of Bruce’s body was buried at Dunfermline. David his young son was made king of Scotland.

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