Linlithgow Palace has become one of five Historic Scotland sites to become part of the Flodden 1513 cross-border Ecomuseum.
It is only one month before the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, and Linlithgow joins a growing line-up of sites that have links to the Scottish-English battle, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Kelso Abbey, and Castle Semple Collegiate Church at Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire.
Alistair Bowden, ecomuseum project coordinator, said: “We’re delighted that these significant Scottish sites have joined the network that will make up the Ecomuseum. They all had roles in the battle that is such an important part of our shared Scottish-English history.”
Kit Reid, interpretation manager for Historic Scotland, added: “The inclusion of several of Scotland’s key historic sites in the Ecomuseum provides an opportunity to highlight their involvement in the tragic events of 1513. These sites are part of the story of Flodden, with important connections to the run-up and aftermath of the battle.”
Scottish King James IV was at Linlithgow Palace when he issued orders to raise an army to fight Henry VIII’s men at Flodden. Legend says that before leaving for the battle that would ultimately take his life, a spectre appeared to warn him off the journey.
The £1.3m Flodden Ecomuseum project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and aims to build a community-owned heritage trail, where memories, traditions and history are protected and shared with local people and visitors.
The Flodden Ecomuseum will be only the second of its kind in the UK, and only the second cross-border ecomuseum in Europe.
Flodden is remembered as the last great Medieval battle and took place on September 9, 1513.