Men of Bute 2013


The six hundred men from Bute who lost their lives in the Battle of Falkirk in 1298 were remembered at a ceremony in Rothesay on Saturday. Among those present at the commemoration at the Men of Bute memorial stone, next to the tourist information office at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, was Michael Russell, the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for education and the MSP for Argyll and Bute. Mr Russell said there was a connection between what he called the “dreadful choice” made by the men of Bute more than seven hundred years ago and the “simple choice” facing Scots in next year’s independence referendum - namely the chance to imagine “the better country they and we might live in”. “History tells us what we might do, and what might come if we do it,” he added. “The men of Bute were motivated by a variety of things - pressed into service by their landlord, maybe, but also motivated by a cause, for their island and for their country.” The men from Bute who fought at the Battle of Falkirk were led by their landlord, Sir John Stewart, who fought alongside William Wallace against the English army led by King Edward I.

Our transport for the day
Beautiful ferry port
Train platform
A pirate's life for me
Soaking up the sun
Our banner on the high seas
Beautiful Bute
Rothesay Castle
Looking good guys
Off we go
I know why the guys are smiling
Duncan welcomes the assembled crowd
Great wee turnout
Great to see so many locals turn out for this commemoration
Amber with our wreath
Stunning wee place to have a commemoration
George McKenzie who helped the Society achieve a few goals this year
George presents Chris with the certificate
Chris talks about our Tartan & the men of Bute
Duncan presents George with a small token of thanks
Michael Russell MSP
Scots Wha Hae
Our banner flying in the sunny Bute sky
Our Tartan Certificate
Monument & Wreaths

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