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Bruce's trial at Arbroath Abbey

10 September 2008

Historic Scotland announce details for a dramatic re-enactment event taking place at Arbroath Abbey on Sunday 14 September.

Robert the Bruce is considered one of Scotland's greatest ever kings but there are many questions surrounding his actions leading up to the moment when he seized the crown.

The Historic Saltire Society will put King Robert in the stand to seek answers to some of those questions. Come and bear witness to this historic trial!

The re-enactment group will bring Arbroath Abbey and the times of Robert the Bruce to life, giving visitors a real insight into the man, his life and the life of his men.

Visit the authentic medieval encampment, enjoy a series of demonstrations, witness medieval combats and see the weapons of the time.

Visitors will also have the chance to send their kids to fight for Robert the Bruce and hear about the signing of the declaration of Arbroath and how it affected the people of Scotland.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manger, said:

“Arbroath Abbey is a fantastic setting to enjoy Bruce’s Trial and we are looking forward to a fun-packed day. Visitors will be taken on a journey to medieval times and find out how well Scottish troops of the time knew the man that would be King of the Scots.

“With drama, displays and demonstrations there is sure to be something for people of all age groups to enjoy.”

Bruce’s Trial will take place at Arbroath Abbey on Sunday, 14 September from 12 to 4pm. The event is included in the admission to the castle. For further information please visit


  • Founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion, Arbroath Abbey is famous in Scottish history for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath, in which Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England.

  • Arbroath Abbey is situated in Arbroath. The postcode is DD11 1EG. Tel: 01241 878756

  • The abbey is open from 21 March to 20 September between 9.30am and 5.30pm and from 1 October to 31 March between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

  • Admission prices are: adult £4.70, children £2.35 and concessions £3.70.

  • Each year Historic Scotland hosts a full programme of events at properties across Scotland, designed to entertain and educate people of all ages. Full details of the programme of events can be found online at

  • For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959