Archaeologists are to begin excavations which it is hoped will
uncover a 700-year-old fortress built to keep control of Scotland
against William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Historic Scotland teams will start work in the grounds of
Linlithgow Palace on Monday.
They are hoping to find the remains of the fort built by Edward
I in 1302 and destroyed by Robert the Bruce after the battle of
The fort was the scene of Scotland's own "Trojan Horse"
incident, when a small number of Scots - inspired by Bruce - leapt
out from a cart of hay and slaughtered the English garrison.
Nick Bridgeland of Historic Scotland said it was hoped that the
dig in the park surrounding the palace would uncover artefacts and
timber fortifications built by the English monarch.
He said: "We know that Edward I built a massive fortification at
Linlithgow in 1302 in the midst of the Scottish Wars of
"It was a huge mound, making full use of the natural geology of
the site, and cutting a giant ditch between himself and the town to
protect himself from attack.
"It was seen as a good place from which to control Scotland. It
was simple military tactics."
Any visible ruins of the fortress were destroyed by James I -
who rebuilt the existing Linlithgow Palace after it was destroyed by
fire in 1424.