This grove is dedicated to
Robert the Bruce,
King of Scotland 1306-1329,
to commemorate the 700th anniversary
of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314
in which he and his army secured Scotland's place
as an independent nation.
The gift of the first eight trees of the grove
are my way of saying thanks to the staff
of the King Robert Hotel at Bannockburn
for the generosity and hospitality
they showed to me during my visit to Scotland.
Robert Bruce's March To Bannockburn
By Robert Burns 1793
Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to victory!
Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour;
See approach proud Edward's power-
Chains and slavery!
Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!
Wha for Scotland's king and law
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa',
Let him follow me!
By oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!
Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!-
Let us do or die!