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Call to protect Bannockburn site

Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn

An MSP has called for greater protection for the site where the Battle of Bannockburn was fought.

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament asking for the importance of the site to be recognised.

The motion follows concern voiced by the National Trust for Scotland that the area may not be included on a list of protected battlefields.

Parts of the original battlefield have already been given over to development.

The move came as Historic Scotland put forward plans to develop an inventory of Scotland's historic battlefields.

Each of the sites would in turn be given greater protection from future development using the planning process.

To appear on the list, sites must have an accurate location and be considered nationally significant because of historical importance, archaeological potential or the value of the undamaged landscape.

Mr Fraser said: "There are concerns that the Bannockburn battlefield may fail to qualify for Historic Scotland's planned inventory of battlefields as there has already been some development on and around the site.

"There are also fears that Bannockburn may fail to qualify because there is still divided opinion over the exact location of the battlefield site."

The Battle of Bannockburn was the site where Robert the Bruce and his army defeated that of Edward II of England on the 23 and 24 June 1314 during the Wars of Scottish Independence.

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