By Dauvit Broun
Published Online (2011)
Introduction: In the Feature for August a new Latin chronicle comprising origin-legend, king-list, genealogy and an account of events year-by-year was introduced and attention drawn to its final element, an account of the years 1285 to 1327. It was explained that, although most of its material is also found, sometimes word for word, in larger chronicles (Gesta Annalia and Bower’s Scotichronicon), it nonetheless has some nuggets of information that are not otherwise known. In this Feature we will look at two examples which contribute something new to our understanding of Wallace’s role in the rising in 1297 against English occupation following Edward I’s conquest the previous year, and, first, a new perspective on the government of Scotland following Alexander III’s sudden death in 1286 with only a young granddaughter in Norway as his heir. For the sake of convenience I will refer to the new chronicle as the ‘Schøyen chronicle’, in recognition of the fact that it survives only in a manuscript in the Schøyen collection, Oslo.