Final repairs to Bannockburn flagpole

Monday 21 January 2013

After years of rough treatment from the Scottish weather, the topmast of the iconic flagpole at the Bannockburn heritage site was declared as unsafe during a health and safety report undertaken by the National Trust for Scotland and it could no longer fly the saltire as it had done proudly since 1870. Repairs to the topmast were commissioned as part of the Battle of Bannockburn project, and it was finally removed in late 2012 for conservation and to be replaced.

The flagpole is situated at the centre of the category A-listed Rotunda monument, where Robert the Bruce is said to have planted his standard in a borestone the night before the battle.

The flagpole was erected on June 25th 1870, but the topmast had to be replaced in 1937 after a winter storm caused major damage. Specialist riggers from the Grangemouth dockyards applied a new electrically welded steel topmast and a stainless steel battleaxe was also added as a symbol of Bruce and acting as a weathervane.

The recovered topmast has just been replaced by a new stainless steel version with factory applied machine grade coating to provide a long-life and reduced maintenance solution. A new stainless steel weather vane has also been created as a direct replica of the 1937 style with Bruce’s battle axe as the design.

This now reaches the same height of the previous flagstaff at 120 feet. After some final minor enhancements are made to the newly-repaired flagpole, it will be able to fly the saltire again once more with pride.

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