7 thoughts on “Templar turned to Stone

    • Yes, it takes a lot of ‘seeing’ but the rock in question is part of the natural cliffs on which the 13th century Turnberry Castle stood, boyhood home of Robert the Bruce

  1. I’ve read a lot about Robert the Bruce. He is one of my favorite medieval heroes and medieval history is kind of my ‘thing.’ William Wallace didn’t play politics and came across as a man of integrity as a result. But then he didn’t have to play politics and he really had nothing to lose. Yes, he made the ultimate sacrifice and inspired his countrymen, but was not able to win them the freedom he gave his life trying to achieve. The Bruce was raised to politics. He knew how the game was played and he played it to the extent he had to, but when he took up the banner that Wallace raised, he had everything to lose and he sacrificed so much to see Wallace’s vision through. In the end, he succeeded where Wallace failed. It cost him dearly but he knew what the price of victory was and he was willing to pay it. He was not a perfect man, but he was what Scotland needed and he did not flinch from hardship to meet that need.

    • It is impossible to separate these Scottish Icon’s from the physical landscape in which they found themselves. Scotland is a complex country from the geological and geographical standpoint as well as the historical. This photograph refers to this fact. Becoming stone is to become the land, a winning strategy in both the political and physical landscape of the time. Traversing the country on foot one soon understands the challenge posed to any would-be invader whose simple aim is domination. The destruction of all best laid plans was always intrigue and in-fighting. The diverse peoples of Scotland were not destined to unite as one but the landscape ensured that simple conquering was never going to succeed.

  2. I think the 9th Roman legion would agree. The Highlands swallowed them up never to be heard from again.

    • An excellent Author on all Scottish related subjects historical and pre-historical is Alistair Moffat, See ‘Before Scotland’ and ‘The Sea Kingdoms’.

      • Thanks! Sounds familiar but I don’t think I have either of those. I will look for them.

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