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Views sought on protection of Battlefields

30 April 2008

Scotland’s historic battlefields and their protection are being considered in a new consultation launched today (30 April 2008).

It is the latest in the Scotland’s Historic Environment Policy series and sets out proposals for how battle sites that have been pivotal in the history of the country can be considered within the planning process.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP said: “The battles fought on Scottish soil are crucial to how we understand our collective history and identity. The intention of this consultation is to look at what can be done to ensure that they get proper recognition.

“It is an emotive subject that is important to people across Scotland and the world. Since the work began on drafting this consultation there has been continued interest in it and I am delighted that everyone can now put forward their views and encourage them to do so.”

The proposal put forward in the consultation paper is that Scotland adopts a non-statutory Inventory of Battlefields that would work in a similar way to that already in place for Gardens and Designed Landscapes - sites of national importance would be included in an Inventory. Inclusion on the Inventory would mean that a battle site was a material consideration in the planning process.

In preparing the consultation paper Historic Scotland commissioned research from the Battlefields Trust and the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology in Glasgow University.

Local authorities, heritage groups and members of the public can access documents at

Notes for editors
  • 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 Scottish Historic Environment Policy  (SHEP) series sets out Scottish Ministers strategic policies for the historic environment and provides greater policy direction for Historic Scotland. The paper can be viewed at
  • Five SHEP papers have already been published –  Scotland’s Historic Environment; Scheduling; Gardens and Designed Landscapes; Scheduled Monument Consent and Properties in the Care of Scottish Ministers. Consultation on the Marine Historic Environment is ongoing.
  • The SHEP series is intended to sit alongside and complement the Scottish Planning Policy series and other relevant Ministerial policy documents.
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Lisa Nicholson
Communications and Media Manager
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0131 668 8852 or 075000 65438