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Face of Robert the Bruce has been revealed


Posted on Saturday, 10 December, 2016 | Comment icon 29 comments

Robert the Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 until 1329. Image Credit: CC 1.0 L E X commons
Scientists have put together a reconstruction of what the famous Scottish king would have looked like.
Bruce, who famously led the Scots to victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn, has been depicted in countless sculptures and paintings over the past 700 years.

None of these however have ever truly represented what he actually looked like.

Now though, researchers at universities in Glasgow and Liverpool have managed to piece together Bruce's true appearance using a cast of his actual skull as a template.


The same technique had been previously used to reconstruct the face of King Richard III.

"Using the skull cast, we could accurately establish the muscle formation from the positions of the skull bones to determine the shape and structure of the face," said Prof Caroline Wilkinson.

Bruce is believed to have died in 1329, one month before his fifty-fifth birthday.

"There is a real sense of character in this face," said project leader Dr Martin Macgregor. "Bruce must have been a remarkable man. All of his achievements suggest this to us."

"There must have been tremendous strength of purpose in this individual as well as many other human virtues - flaws as well."

Source: BBC News | Comments (29)

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Eldorado on 11 December, 2016, 21:25
The word Scotch, meaning either ‘of or relating to Scotland’ or ‘a person/the people from Scotland’, was widely used in the past by Scottish writers such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/scottish  
Comment icon #21 Posted by Mark56 on 11 December, 2016, 22:00
Oh no, there are plenty of Mc Surnames in the American South(in America in general really)which includes Appalachia,(the Hatfield and McCoy feud). One of my Great Grandmothers was an O'Kelly. I'm also kin to the Spencer, Rutledge, Rose, Cox, and Arnold clans(these are just a few family names I can think of off the top of my head) I'm telling you it's an odd mish-mash culture, but it is a unique culture. it's not one kind of people. you can check here too:https://www.amazon.com/Cracker-Culture-Celtic-Ways-South/dp/0817304584   and also here a list of Scots-Irish Americans :https://en.wikipedia.... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by hetrodoxly on 11 December, 2016, 23:07
Here's the top 10  Appalachian Aristocrac. there's not an Irish name in the top 30, it was Scottish and English who settled the Appalachians the first log cabin built there was by the Englishman 'Walker' there's nothing more English than clogging. 1. TATE (1473) 2. CHRISTIAN (1136) 3. BEAVERS (766) 4. WHITAKER (570) 5. Alexander (569) 6. ALTIZER (511) 7. Russell (456) 8. Hypes (343) 9. CASTELLAW (338) 10. DUKE (337)
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mark56 on 12 December, 2016, 18:54
Right, Most Scotch-Irish don't have Irish names. They usually have Scottish or English surnames, BUT! you can have an Irish surname, it's not exclusionary (Audie Murphy comes to mind, the most highly decorated US Soldier of WW2 and Congressional  Medal of Honor  recipient, he was 5' 5" tall and weighed 114 pounds when he enlisted). Here's a list of 16 US presidents who were of Scotch-Irish extraction: not one has an Irish name:https://www.google.com/search?q=scotch-irish+presidents&newwindow=1&client=aff-maxthon-maxthon4&affdom=maxthon.com&channel=t23&tbm=nws&source=lnm... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by hetrodoxly on 12 December, 2016, 19:27
The reason they don't have Irish names is because they weren't Irish, there's lots of nonsense written about 'Scots/Irish' i'm not saying the Irish didn't settle America but not at the time of the Appalachians being settled, English planters also went to northern Ireland and onto America, how did the English spell  whiskies believe it or not there were stills all over England every farm in the lake district would have made it, have you not wondered why there's no Catholicism, no Irish traditions or Scottish really the traditions are British. " Initially the push for European settlement of the ... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by oldrover on 12 December, 2016, 19:59
It's been very interesting to the spectator, thanks. 
Comment icon #26 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 15 December, 2016, 0:17
Sorry, P.G. Wodehouse got there first: Young Men in Spats (1936) ‘Do you know,’ said a thoughtful Bean, ‘I’ll bet that if all the girls Freddie Widgeon has loved were placed end to end—not that I suppose one could do it—they would reach half-way down Piccadilly.’ ‘Further than that,’ said the Egg. ‘Some of them were pretty tall.’
Comment icon #27 Posted by Black Monk on 16 December, 2016, 17:02
The people are also known as the Scotch.
Comment icon #28 Posted by freetoroam on 16 December, 2016, 17:12
Although they cannot be certain, historians are reasonably confident it is his skull. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38242781 All that work and keeping the skull for so long, it would be a shame if it was not. But unless some other skull pops up to dispute this one, I guess its best they go with this is his skull. He looked a lot "prettier" without the leprosy....but if he had it when he died, then it is only logical to create the image as it would have been at the time of death.
Comment icon #29 Posted by hetrodoxly on 24 December, 2016, 20:34
Something you might be interested in, i have an interest in genealogy the Lunsford's went to America from Sussex England in the mid 1600s i see Audie Murphy's in the family tree in fact he's a direct descendant. Genealogy - Geni


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