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The Strathleven Artizans

Strathleven Artizans formed in 2005 to promote the historical links between Robert Bruce who was King of Scots from 1306 to 1329 and the village of Renton. Other than Bannockburn (June 1314) the place most associated with the warrior king was the area around the present Renton village.

In 1325 King Robert broke with all tradition and chose to bring his royal court to the rural Parish of Cardross where he extended a large hunting lodge, turning it into a royal manor house. He did this because in 1324 his son and heir, David II (King of Scots 1329-1371), was born at Dunfermline Abbey whilst the family were resident at the palace in Perth. This place was very damp and an unsuitable place to bring up a young family and King Robert decided to relocate his court to Pailleanflath , Gaelic for "Tent of the King" or "Pavillion of the Great Hero" thought to be at the east end of the village of Renton in the area now known as Dalquhurn. The King remained at the Manor House until his death on the 7th June 1329.


The great throne project

The Great Throne Project

The Bruce family have brought together the Strathleven Artizans and Historic Scotland to build a replica of the Great Throne due to be unveiled in time for the 707th anniversary of Bruce’s coronation, on 25 March and will be one of a number of projects to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014


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Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre

The Robert the Bruce Heritage Centre is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and historians, 'the Strathleven Artizans' who are based in the village of Renton near the ancient capital of Strathclyde in Dumbarton, on the historical site of the King's manor house, where he spent the last years of his life.

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Gift shop

Strathleven Artizans Gift Shop

If you are looking for the ideal gift to take back home, why not visit our newly opened Robert the Bruce Gift Shop.

Packed with top quality Scottish memorabilla, you are sure to find that perfect gift. Shop is open all day - 7 days

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All the latest News & Events From the Strathleven Artizans

September 8, 2015


Phil Cope, author of the book Holy Wells of Scotland in which the Strathleven-Artizans are featured will be launching his book at the following places. More...

September 8, 2015


The Great Throne, made from the Royal Oak tree planted by Robert the Bruce himself, will be on show at Scone Palace from 12th September to 31st October.

September 5, 2015

Latest event from Castle Dangerous

The Strathleven Artizans were privileged and honoured to be invited to the first Sir James Douglas Day at Castle Dangerous. More...

September 5, 2015

New Video about the Great Throne!

We have now released a brand new video documentary all about the Great Throne! Built from the great Oak tree planted by Robert the Bruce himself! More...

August 3, 2015


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The work of Strathleven Artizans has three main strands:

King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society

The Strathleven Artizans have been recognised by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and are now offically the 'King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society (SCIO)', SC044370.

To become a member of the 'King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society (SCIO)' please read our Society page

Robert the Bruce Timeline

We have added a Robert the Bruce interactive timeline to make it easier to understand the events during Bruce's life that you can scroll through at your own pace and will hopefully make it easier to picture the period. see the timeline...

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Robert the Bruce Timeline