NT5434 : Bruce's heart memorial, Melrose Abbey

taken 7 years ago, near to Melrose, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Bruce's heart memorial, Melrose Abbey
Bruce's heart memorial, Melrose Abbey
In 1996, excavations of the Chapter House at Melrose Abbey relocated a lead container, first found in 1921, and said to contain King Robert the Bruce's heart which had been taken on a crusade after his death (the rest of his body is interred in Dunfermline). The casket was not opened, and remained in Edinburgh until it was buried again in June 1998. On 24th June, coinciding with the anniversary of the victory of Bruce's army over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the Scottish Secretary of State, Donald Dewar, unveiled a plinth where the heart is now buried.

Although there are no records of anyone else's heart being buried at Melrose it is now believed that it was not an uncommon practice, and current opinion is that Bruce's heart would have been buried somewhere much more important, like the nave.
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 11 August, 2011
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5487 3420 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.9589N 2:43.0658W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5487 3420
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