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Historic royal charter restored

Perth Charter
King William the Lion of Scotland granted Royal Burgh status to Perth in 1210

An ancient document that details the moment when King William the Lion of Scotland granted Royal Burgh status to Perth in 1210 has been restored.

Experts at the National Archive of Scotland repaired and cleaned the historic parchment and reattached its official wax seal.

The work has been completed ahead of next year's Perth 800 celebrations.

The year-long programme of culture and sporting events will mark the 800th anniversary of the honour.

The Charter has been placed in a custom-made case and will be put on display at a special exhibition being staged at Perth Museum and Art Gallery throughout next year.

'Future generations'

The exhibition, Skin and Bone - Life and Death in Medieval Perth, will also feature historic objects discovered during archaeological excavations in the city over the past 30 years, including the Perth High Street site where Marks and Spencer now stands.

Council archivist Steve Connolly said: "The Charter is a very significant document in the history of Perth and so we were delighted that the opportunity came up to have this work done on it.

"It will help ensure that the Charter will still be available for future generations to appreciate."

He added: "It's incredible to think how old this piece of parchment is."



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