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Highland, Stirling and Lothian battles for inventory

Battle re-enactment in Inverness. Pic: Andrew Robertson/Iain Deveney
The latest battlefields suggested date from 1297 to 1690

Eleven further sites have been suggested for inclusion on Scotland's Inventory of Historic Battlefields.

The list being put together by Historic Scotland aims to give greater protection to the fields of conflict.

Bannockburn in 1314 and Culloden in 1746 are already on it. The public is invited to comment on suggested sites.

Stirling Bridge of 1297, 1688's "last clan battle" at Mulroy in Lochaber and Aberdeenshire's Battle of Barra of 1308 are among the latest recommendations.

Fyvie 1644 in Aberdeenshire, Linlithgow Bridge 1526 in West Lothian, Inverkeithing 1651 in Fife, Carbisdale 1650, Cromdale 1690 and Inverlochy 1645 in the Highlands, Rullion Green 1666 in Midlothian and Drumclog 1679 in Lanarkshire have also been suggested.

They are the second tranche of three groups of battlefields that Historic Scotland consider to be Scotland's most important.

'Popular attraction'

Consultation on the latest suggestions remains open until 30 September 2011 and responses are being gathered on a dedicated page on the government agency's website.

People living near the battlefields will be receiving a leaflet over the next couple of weeks telling them about the site and inviting their comments.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said it was important that key battlefields were protected.

She said: "The sites of our battles are a popular attraction for tourists and a huge educational resource, enabling us to understand key historical figures and appreciate our landscape."

Stirling Brigde saw Scots led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeat English forces.

Historic Scotland said Mulroy, near Roybridge, was known as the last clan battle.

It was fought between a force of Highlanders from the MacDonalds of Keppoch, along with allies including Camerons and Macmartins, against the army of Lachlan Mackintosh, with support from his Clan Chattan allies and several hundred government infantry.

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