Strathclyde Genealogy

Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme University of Strathclyde

Projects

Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014, we ran the Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project, to throw light on the participants in the Battle from a genealogical point of view.


There are two strands to the Project:

  • The Combatants and their Families
    This features biographical information and coats of arms of 70 of the combatants and genealogies of their families over four generations.
  • Genetic Genealogy Project
    Genetic genealogy is becoming more and more important as a tool for genealogical research and this strand of the Project aims to show the power of genetic genealogy by revealing living descendants of combatants in the Battle. Having identified several male line descendants of combatants using documentary sources, we invited them to take a DNA test, and then attempted to find another individual who closely matched each testee. If successful, this would show that the second individual was descended from the same combatant, despite having no supporting documentary evidence.

According to our research, the number of combatants in the Battle who are named in primary sources amount to 161 individuals (142 English, 19 Scottish), while the names of another 125 individuals who may have been present appear in secondary sources. The major primary sources used were several chronicles, particularly The continuation of the annals of Nicholas Trivet, the Calendar of documents relating to Scotland and a number of rolls of arms from the period.

Some of the results of this Project can be seen by clicking the links on this page.

For further information please contact Graham S Holton at g.s.holton@strath.ac.uk

Bannockburn
Bannockburn Genetic Genealogy Project
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