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Public consultation opens as Historic Scotland launches third round of battlefields inventory

13 May 2012

                            The site of the Battle of Alford (1645) in Aberdeenshire is one of 28 sites currently on the Battlefield Inventory

Scotland’s most important battlefields are continuing to be officially identified after Historic Scotland announced the third group of potential sites for inclusion in the Inventory of Historic Battlefields.  

The project has considered 50 of the nation’s most important battle sites, including Culloden and Bannockburn. There are currently 28 on the Inventory.

To be included in the Inventory, the battlefield must be of national importance for the contribution it makes to Scotland’s history, as well as for its physical remains and archaeological potential.

The Inventory also takes account of landscape context, and to be included on the list, any potential site must present features that can be recorded on a modern map.

Once completed, the resource will allow local planning authorities and other public bodies to take account of the listed battlefields, and to ensure that any proposed developments minimise adverse impacts and avoid unnecessary damage.

The Inventory will also emphasise the positive contribution that battlefields can make to the environment.

The new sites identified for possible inclusion are battles fought in East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Glasgow/ East Renfrewshire, Highland, Midlothian, Perth and Kinross, the Scottish Borders, and Stirling.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “It is crucial we ensure our battlefields are protected, for the huge contribution they have made to our history and heritage, and to safeguard them for future generations.

“Our battle sites draw tourists from all over the world, and they represent a huge educational resource. Through them we can understand the evolution of Scotland, and learn about key historical figures and their role in shaping our culture.”

Ms Hyslop said the importance attached to battlefields had been acknowledged in the decision to build a new heritage centre to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, which will be completed in 2014.

“Bannockburn was one of the most significant battles fought on British soil. Its enduring significance confirms the legacy of such pivotal battles, and the cultural importance attached to them.”

The battlefields under consideration in this consultation are:

  • East Ayrshire
           Loudoun Hill (1307)

  • East Lothian
           Dunbar I (1296)

  • Glasgow City / East Renfrewshire
           Langside (1568)
           The battle of Langside includes a small area of East Renfrewshire, although the majority is in
           Glasgow City.

  • Highland
           Blar na Léine (1544)
           Glenlivet (1594)
           Inverlochy I (1431)

  • Midlothian
           Roslin (1303)

  • Perth and Kinross
           Dunkeld (1689)
           Tippermuir (1644)

  • Scottish Borders
           Melrose (1526)

  • Stirling
           Sauchieburn (1488)

The Inventory will be kept under review following the consultation and other battlefield sites (which have not met the criteria on the basis of current knowledge) could be added in future if new evidence comes to light.

The consultation will go online for public comment on Friday May 18th until June 30th, at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/battlefieldconsultation .

The successful candidates for the Inventory will be announced later this year.

Notes for editors:

  • Each inventory report describes the battlefield and the reasons for its inclusion. These include a summary of the battle and its historical context, and a brief indication of its importance in relation to historical association, physical remains, and archaeological potential. The inventory map indicates the extent of the battlefield, defining the overall area of interest. It includes the area where the main elements of the battle are believed to have taken place, where associated physical remains and archaeological evidence occur or may be expected, and where additional landscape components such as strategic viewpoints may lie.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                  Year of Creative Scotland 2012


For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk