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The Battle of Bannockburn
Chess Set

Over 700 years in the making

The Battle of Bannockburn was a brief moment in time that changed the history of Scotland.  

An epic tale no better told than in the trilogy “The Bruce” by Scottish Historical Novelist Nigel Tranter, a book and volume of heritage which inspired the creation of this (so far) modestly historic Chess set. While Nigel Tranter is not longer with us, his legacy lingers wherever these magnificent pieces are ghosted across this equally magnificent chess board.

Wherever you are in the World, and whether you are fiercely Scottish or merely intrigued, this pieceof history in the making is for you and your family to own and to cherish FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
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The 700th Anniversary Battle of Bannockburn Chess Set
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The extraordinary team at Stirling 1314 delivers a piece of history to adorn your home - Cottage to Castle

Among the pieces in this stunning chess set, you will find 32 different Players and Places, all of which played vital roles on the long path to the Battle of Bannockburn: most featured over the two days of battle; a few played their parts far away from the conflict; and few had passed before 1314.
All their contributions on that road to the final conflict - good or bad - earn them their place in this chess set.
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Elizabeth de Burgh, wife of Robert the Bruce, was held prisoner in England for eight of the years of Bruce’s campaign and was only released in the aftermath of victory at Bannockburn, in trade for captured English Nobles.

In any tale told of Scotland’s struggle for freedom, it is impossible not to include Sir William Wallace who gave his life, not for a throne or personal gain but for an ideal - the freedom of his nation. Wallace was betrayed and taken captive to London where he was hung, drawn and quartered. That was a long nine years before Bannockburn, but it was his selflessness in that cause which challenged the conscience of Robert the Bruce, eventually spurring him into enduring and decisive action.

For the English, Bishop Hugh de Cressingham was appointed Chancellor of Scotland by Edward I who briefed him to do as he wished to make his charges’ lives a misery. It goes without saying that he was hated with a passion by the Scots. In a fruitless campaign against Wallace, he was slain at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and his body flayed, to provide souvenirs for the victorious Scots and fine sword tabard for William Wallace!

These and many more are immortalised in history and captured for you again in the finest Pewter craftsmanship. But on the long and bloody road to Bannockburn, the relentless quest for freedom is the hero. Nowhere will you find that story told with more imagination and passion than in Nigel Tranter’s epic historical novels, "the Bruce" Trilogy, the books and writer that inspired this chess set. If you have not read the tale, then perhaps leading your pieces into battle across the epic Bannockburn Chess Board will inspire you to do so.

Luxury metal inlaid
chess board

THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN CHESS SET IS A FAMILY HEIRLOOM – A MOMENT IN HISTORY CAPTURED FOR POSTERITY

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Chess pieces and board hand-cast in solid Pewter

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The impressive 520 x 520 board is metal-edged with 64 inlaid pewter playing squares

All the squares in this stunning, metal inlaid board carry the thistle of Scotland or the rose of England. The corners are the royal seals of ROBERT THE Bruce and Edward II while the remaining corners carry the unique 700th anniversary heraldry.

backed by experts

Neil Oliver

Archeologist, historian, author and broadcaster
Bannockburn is a word of magical power for Scots. Bellowed at the sky or muttered under the breath, those three syllables conjure images of stubborn warriors, of faith in a dream, of clear-eyed determination to see the job done and damn the consequences. Such belief was in the very heart and soul of Robert the Bruce, who found the path to immortal victory at Bannockburn. Opponents who face one another across this majestic chess set should take inspiration from a man who never gave up, who understood that the strength to fight on comes from within.
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Our hope is that this 700th-anniversary limited edition of the Bannockburn chess set will bring you immense pleasure and a sense of history in equal measure.  If you are a Scot by birth or by heritage, then this is your history. If you are not, then may the drama of the great conflict alone moves you, as you may move the pieces.
Let battle commence..!
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