Oh Happy Day! Something Incredible Just Happened for our Battle of Dunbar SPOWS!

As I rolled out of bed this morning I grabbed my iPhone on my nightstand and read the first message there. I had to read it at least three times to make sure I was reading it clearly!

Good Morning, I am writing to let you know that Durham University has today announced the results of tests carried out on skeletons found on the Durham City UNESCO World Heritage Site. The results have led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. Durham University, with Durham Cathedral, will be working with interested parties to determine next steps, including commemoration. We would welcome your views and input and will be back in touch in the Autumn regarding this. Prayers of remembrance will be read for the soldiers at the services in Durham Cathedral on 3rd September 2015, which is, as you know, the anniversary of the Battle of Dunbar. Further information about today’s announcement and the test findings is available online atwww.durham.ac.uk/scottishsoldiers. If you wish to contact the project group please email Scottish.soldiers@durham.ac.uk Kind regards, Professor Chris Gerrard Head of Department of Archaeology Durham University
Descendants of the SPOWs have wanted this done for many years!!! We are on the verge of some amazing and wonderful discoveries about these group of POWs. I am so happy that this team has reached out to us and we now may have the help we need in finding out more about our Scottish ancestors. At least one of the team has already been a member of our Yahoo group, just lurking until the day he could share about this project, which is today!
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7 Responses to Oh Happy Day! Something Incredible Just Happened for our Battle of Dunbar SPOWS!

  1. Al says:

    Given the many who died during those horrific months at Durham Cathedral, it is not all surprising. Great to know these men will commemorated.

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  2. Doreen Leahy says:

    Thank you so much! A happy day indeed to finally be moving forward with this chapter in our ancestors history. My 8th great grandfather lived through this hell and ended up at the saw mills in Maine, but my heart goes out to the thousands of families who might finally get closure. Thank you again for all you do to help preserve our past. Doreen Gray Leahy

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  3. Jessie lopez says:

    I recently found out that my 8x great grandfather fought at battle of Dunbar. He was one of the 150 prisioners to be transported to the US on the ship the Unity. I guess you could say he was one of the more fortunate ones. His name was Alexander Maxwell (Maxey). I’m so pleased the remains of the fallen soldiers were found and that they can get the burial they deserve.

  4. hinchinbrooke says:

    I too hope they get the burial they deserve. In fact, I hope there will be a Mausoleum so that others, if found may be added. I hope also that the March to Durham and the truth of the treatment in the Cathedral will one day be fully told.

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