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:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

What a day today was! We started our day with a trip to Glenkinchie Distillery in Lothian. Nothing like whisky for breakfast! Then it was on to the main event of our trip, our family's celebration of King Robert's victory at Bannockburn. We started with a celebration of victory and magnanimity, as our chief put it, at Dunfermline Abbey, which of course is the burial place of the King. William Bruce, president of our family organization, was in the procession with Lord Bruce, carrying King Robert's sword, The Lord Lyon, members of the Elgin Brigade from Canada among others. He also read the gospel for the ceremony. It was a great honor for our Family of Bruce organization. Afterward, my sons got to see the tomb of the great king on the altar in the abbey. It was truly a moving experience. Then we proceeded to Broomhall, our chief's home, for a tented party. There was so much happening I will have to do 2 of these today.

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# 27 - Home to Scotland - 06/27/2014 - 21:32 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

Today we visited Clackmannon Tower. Our chief thought it would be a good example of medieval life for us and it was. It was built as a military installation first but was given to Thomas Bruce by King David as the home for the Bruce family in the 14th century. It served as such until about 1791 when Lady Catherine Bruce died at age 95. She hosted Robert Burns there shortly before her death as I explained at the Burns dinner in January. It is not open to the public as it is being restored and we had to wear hard hats inside. Fun!
We then toured Culross Palace, built by wealthy merchant George Bruce. Our chief thought it would be a good example of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Very interesting and well preserved town. Tomorrow is the big day of our family celebration for Bannockburn. Can't wait!

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# 26 - Home to Scotland - 06/26/2014 - 19:43 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

Today our chief took us on a boat tour of the Forth River and to the island of Inchcolm. He provided us with great commentary as our tour guide. Inchcolm Island has an abbey that dates back to the 13th century and much of it is still standing. What a fascinating place! Tomorrow we visit Clackmannon Tower to see our ancestral home, as we are all Bruce's of Clackmannon.
I am still struggling with driving over here, even though I have done it before. This time I have a manual transmission, so I am struggling with trying to figure out the signage, watch the traffic, watch what gear I am in and try to maintain my cool. It seems like we get lost at every roundabout. Hopefully it will get better soon. We are gradually figuring out the car's GPS. On to tomorrow!

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# 25 - Home to Scotland - 06/25/2014 - 20:36 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

This day in Scotland was the actual anniversary date of the Battle of Bannockburn. We spent it with many of our family members at the Bannockburn Heritage site. The new Visitor Center is absolutely amazing. The technology for the 3D battle show and the interactive battle game is top notch. It was great fun and very educational,even for someone well versed in the battle history. We followed that with a visit to Stirling Castle, always a treat. The palace building is newly refurbished since we were there last and is quite impressive. I certainly felt a lot of emotion today seeing the grand equestrian statue and knowing that this was the date 700 years ago. My sons got to meet their chief and it was a memorable day for us all.fas. I was reminded again how much I love Scotland and how friendly its people truly are. What a treat to be here today.

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# 24 - Home to Scotland Day 3 - 06/24/2014 - 21:22 - - -
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