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.email@example.com 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!