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Robert the Bruce sculpture to be unveiled in Stirling


The city of Stirling is preparing to welcome a new forensic facial reconstruction of the victor of Bannockburn, which show that Bruce didn't suffer from leprosy.

The work is a new forensic facial reconstruction, using a cast of the skull of Bruce from his resting place in Dunfermline Abbey, sculpted by Christian Corbet, and based on the research by Andrew Nelson, Professor of Anthropology. Working together, the sculptor and scientist, who are both based at the University of Western Ontario, have concluded that Bruce had never suffered from leprosy, a story which it is believed was concocted as a slur on the warrior king.

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On 23 March 2017, the welcome party will include:

  • Provost Mike Robbins of the City of Stirling
  • Stuart Campbell, Deacon Convenor of the Seven Incorporated Trades
  • Trustees of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, who are the recipients of this gift from Canada to Scotland
  • The Strathleven Artizans, who bring the achievements of King Robert to life for contemporary audiences.

The Strathleven Artizans have constructed a plinth for the new head using timber from the historic Bruce Oak tree from Loch Lomond National Park, together with timber from the estate of the Earl of Elgin at Broomhall, near Dunfermline. Construction assistance has been provided by Historic Environment Scotland.

Robert the Bruce, no longer a leper - video

Bruce's descendant

Due to the importance of the sculpture, the unveiling ceremony will be conducted by King Robert’s descendant, Lord Charles Bruce. Welcoming the new work of art, Bruce Crawford, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Stirling said: “I am delighted that the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum have been gifted this fabulous sculpture by Christian Corbet of the Western University, Ontario, Canada.  I would like to encourage everyone to go along to see not only this sculpture but all the vast and varied works of art that the Gallery has on show.”

For more on the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, visit their website.

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