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Clashes suggested for Scottish battlefield inventory

Battle re-enactment in Inverness. Pic: Andrew Robertson/Iain Deveney
Image caption The latest battlefields suggested for inclusion date from 1296 to 1689

Eleven sites of bloody clashes are being considered for Scotland's Inventory of Historic Battlefields.

They are the third group of sites Historic Scotland have put out for consultation.

Bannockburn in 1314 and Culloden in 1746 are already on the inventory, which includes details on the boundaries and armies involved.

The latest suggestions include battles in Ayrshire, the Borders, Highlands, Lothian and Perth and Kinross.

The inventory is being drawn up to give greater protection to important battlefields and to act as a guide to planning authorities.

Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said it was crucial sites that had contributed to Scotland's history and heritage were recognised.

She added: "Our battle sites draw tourists from all over the world, and they represent a huge educational resource.

"Through them we can understand the evolution of Scotland, and learn about key historical figures and their role in shaping our culture."

Twenty-eight battlefields are currently on the inventory.

Historic Scotland said for a new site to be added the battle must be of national importance for the contribution it makes to Scotland's history, as well as for its physical remains and archaeological potential.

The 11 suggested for inclusion are Loudoun Hill (1307), East Ayrshire; Dunbar I (1296), East Lothian; Langside (1568), Glasgow City/East Renfrewshire; Blar na LĂ©ine (1544), Glenlivet (1594) and Inverlochy I (1431), Highland; Roslin (1303), Midlothian; Dunkeld (1689) and Tippermuir (1644), Perth and Kinross; Melrose (1526), Borders and Sauchieburn (1488), Stirling.

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