Scotland’s past was a dangerous time, with nobles fighting for power, position and political gain. Some win, some lose their heads, creating romantic heroes whose mark is made on the landscape.

De La Bastie Monument at Broomhouse, near Preston.

Murder of a French knight

This monument remembers French knight Antoine D’Arces who was murdered near here in 1517 and his head put on a stake at the gates of Wedderburn Castle for 300 years.

Bataille de Baugé (22 Mars 1421), circa 1484, unknown artist.

Swintons of Cranshaws

A verse by Sir Walter Scott remembers a victorious moment in battle by Sir John Swinton of Cranshaws.

Pine woodland and bracken covered ground along Bunkle Edge.

Wallace in the woods

Like many places in Scotland this area has a William Wallace myth; ours being that he stayed a night in the Bunkle woods. A poem written in the 1800s remembers the occasion.

Illustration of a crooked man, from 'A Book of Nursery Rhymes', by Clara E Atwood, 1901.

There was a crooked man

Well known nursery rhyme perhaps connected to the Battle of Duns (1639).