Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project

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

There were 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.

A website devoted to the project, including the displays relating to the 17 participants featured in the full exhibition, is available.

For further information please contact Graham S Holton at