NS3875 : Bruce's Flagstaff

taken 13 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Bruce's Flagstaff
Bruce's Flagstaff
This flagstaff, near NS3875 : Castle Hill, was erected in 1928 to honour King Robert the Bruce. See NS3875 : Bruce's Flagstaff: detail for the top of it.

The name Castle Hill, and the presence of a mound which, at that time, was thought to be the remnant of a once fortified site, suggested that it was the probable location of the residence at which the king had spent much time in his later years (see NS3875 : Castle Hill for another view of that hill). The 1928 flagstaff was erected by the Dumbarton Patriotic Association; their plaque on the flagstaff is shown in NS3875 : Plaque on Bruce's Flagstaff, and promoted the idea that the king had lived at Castle Hill.

[The present photograph was taken from Glencairn Road. The main road running from left to right across the image, behind the flagstaff, is Cardross Road; from that road, Castlehill Road leads uphill. The area on the near side of Cardross Road is now called Brucehill, and the area on the far side of the road is called Castlehill. However, the "Castle Hill" referred to above is the actual hill of that name, which is at NS38497587, hidden away in the wooded north-eastern corner of what is now the NS3875 : Cunninghame Graham Memorial Park.]

[As an aside, the nearby Oxhill area is named after Oxen Hill, "a small arable hill on the farm of Braehead"; the hill and farm are shown on the first-edition OS map, and the quote is from the OS Object Name Books.]

Although current thinking would place Bruce's house elsewhere (as discussed at length in the article linked from the end-note), the flagstaff remains a fitting symbol of Robert the Bruce's historical associations with the wider area.

By late 2018, the flagstaff had been replaced by a new one: NS3875 : Bruce's Flagstaff / NS3875 : Bruce's Flagstaff. The symbolic weather vane remained: NS3875 : Bruce's flagstaff: detail. However, the plaque was not present. Without some modification, it would not have fit on the new flagstaff, with its different cross-section; another reason for its absence may be that the ideas expressed on it about the location of Robert the Bruce's Cardross residence are no longer in favour.

The article in the end-note also has more information about the flagstaff itself.
Bruce's Flagstaff

The original flagstaff was erected in 1928 to commemorate the (traditional) association of King Robert the Bruce with the Castlehill area of Dumbarton. See a Geograph article Link for a detailed discussion of the flagstaff and the traditions. By late 2018, it had been replaced by a different flagstaff (with octagonal cross-section, and not spliced), but it was still topped by the crown-and-battle-axe weather vane.

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Date Taken
Monday, 29 December, 2008   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 December, 2008
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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Brucehill  Castlehill 
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Robert the Bruce 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3857 7575 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8553N 4:35.2011W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3858 7573
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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