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Clan Keith Battle Banner

Hello, Alastair.

I hope that I'm not interrupting you too much with your work on your website, however I'm sending you a photo of me at the Advocates Library in Edinburgh taken this July when we mere over in Scotland for my wife Jillian's uncle Patrick's 40th anniversary of ordination into the priesthood. He lives in Cupar Fife and I was staying in the nursing home in Lochy Head just a short distance away and uncle Patrick contacted The Advocates Larry and got permission for me to go there in order to see the Clan Keith battle banner that had been carried into battle at Flodden 1315, when most of the Scottish aristocracy were killed along with the Scottish King. The Keith Earl Marisschal survived as did his banner on which to this day is still visible his bloodstains however after so many years, the bloodstains are now brown instead of red.

It was quite an honor to be able to go into The Advocates Library since admission is normally restricted to lawyers who are seeking precedence from ancient tombs (legal) kept there apparently, they had been in possession of the banner for many years without realizing what it was until the edges became frayed and they had to send it out to a proper museum for repairs, the museum told them what a rare item. It was that they had and exactly what it was and how important and valuable. It was. After that, the people At the Advocates Library enclosed the banner in a glass case and put it away someplace special, as opposed to just having it laying around or tacked a wall the way it had been prior to their being informed of what exactly it was that they had in their possession.

I just thought that you might find it (the photo) interesting, feel free to edit out the weird looking guy in the wheelchair so that you can have a better view of the banner in the case.




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