Battle of Bannockburn 3D history project gets global reply

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A PROJECT to recreate characters from the Battle of Bannockburn has had international interest.

Historians want to scan the faces of six volunteers to become 3D ­characters at the visitor centre in Stirling in time for the battle’s 700th anniversary in 2014.

The National Trust for ­Scotland (NTS) said the response is pleasing and extended the closing date until next Tuesday.

A spokeswoman said: “We have had about 50 applications so far and that includes interest from the US, Canada, Germany and England. We’ve had a lot of coverage in online news articles.

“In the application process we asked people to explain why they fit the part they want to play, and many of the entries from abroad are from people exploring their ancestry and with a great interest in Scottish history.

“Potentially, we could have an American become the face of a Scottish knight in one of the country’s most famous battles.”

The figures to be recreated are James Douglas, a Scottish knight and trusted lieutenant of Robert the Bruce; Juliana de Goldyngham, a spy for Edward II’s army; John de Coupland, a teenager aspiring to be a knight; a ­Stirling woman who supplied ale to both armies; a Scottish spearman intent on protecting his land; and a mercenary Welsh archer.