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Bannockburn commemoration held

Descendants of Robert the Bruce have gathered for a service to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Bannockburn 700 years ago.

Bystanders watched as Lord Bruce carried the sword of King Robert into Dunfermline Abbey, where the historic king is buried.

Earlier in the day, a replica of Robert the Bruce's throne - carved from an ancient tree which he is said to have planted himself - was taken into the Abbey.

The tree from which the throne is carved was planted at Strathleven House at about the time Robert owned the estate.

When it fell in 2005, the timber was salvaged by Strathleven Artizans, a local historical group who undertook the eight-year project.

The private family service comes during a week of events to commemorate the battle.

More than 100 people took part in a torchlight procession on the battlefield on Monday night, exactly 700 years from the date of the battle.

Led by the National Trust for Scotland, the group set off at midnight walking from the battlefield visitor centre to the Rotunda monument, home to the Borestone where Robert the Bruce is said to have planted his standard the night before the 1314 battle.

This weekend, Bannockburn Live will be held near Stirling with a re-enactment of the battle organised by Clanranald, along with music, talks and historical displays.

The battle of Bannockburn was one in a prolonged conflict between Scotland and England 700 years ago.

Edward II led an army through Scotland to lift the siege of his garrison at Stirling Castle as he attempted to retain control over the country, but Bruce and his army knew the land and won the two-day battle despite being outnumbered.

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