Member's business: Flodden Field


SNP MSP Christine Grahame led a member's business debate on James IV and Flodden Field.

The Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP called for a loan of King James' sword, dagger and ring from the College of Arms in London as the 500th anniversary of the battle approaches on 9 September 2013.

King James IV of Scotland was killed in the battle and was married to Margaret Tudor, "The Thistle and the Rose", paving the way for the Union of the Crowns and political union.

Ms Grahame paid tribute to the monarch's fluency in foreign languages and his expansion of the Royal Scots navy. The Edinburgh College of Surgeons was granted a royal charter by him in 1506 and he encouraged Scotland's first printing press in 1507.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said "Hardly a family on the land was not affected with the battle's aftermath".

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