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Graffiti vandals have attacked a statue of Robert the Bruce in Scotland and branded him a ‘racist king’.
The monument at the Battle of Bannockburn site near Stirling was today found daubed with white paint which also read ‘BLM’, standing for Black Lives Matter.
Another message defacing the statue’s rotunda read ‘Robert was a racist bring down the statue’.
It comes as the Prime Minister launched a withering attack at those who have vandalised a statue to Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph in central London.
Graffiti Vandals Bruce’s memorial, run by the National Trust for Scotland
The vandalism at Robert the Bruce’s memorial, run by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), has sparked outrage from many people online who condemned the graffiti
The vandalism at Robert the Bruce’s memorial, run by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), has sparked outrage from many people online who condemned the graffiti.
On Twitter one woman posted: ‘Numpties… a beautiful peaceful spot, should be used for quiet reflection regardless of political option or race.’
Another user wrote: ‘Struggling to see who he was racist against seeing as he had Scots, English and Norman ancestry.’
The NTS confirmed a contractor will visit the site this afternoon to clean the historic monument.
Robert the Bruce was king of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329 and led Scotland during the first war of Scottish independence against England.
Who was Robert the Bruce, hero of Bannockburn
Robert Bruce was king of Scotland between 1306 until his death in 1329. He is most famous for the Battle of Bannockburn, although he faced an eight-year war against enemies in Scotland loyal to England.
The warrior king took the Scottish crown by force, murdering his rival John Comyn in a Franciscan church in Dumfires on February 10, 1306 before being crowned at Scone the following month.
Edward I marched north to deal with the threat posed by Robert, but he died at Burgh-on-Sands – within sight of the Scottish border. Edward II continued the war against Robert, but was not a military commander such as his father. The decisive battle saw Robert’s forces defeat the English army on June 24, 1314.
Following the defeat of the English at Bannockburn, a decree stated all Scottish lords who continued loyalty to England should lose their land. It took 14 years for the English, by now led by Edward III, to agree to a peace treaty and recognise Robert as king of Scotland.
The 1328 Treaty of Northampton also abandoned any English claim of overlordship. But in his final years, it is believed Robert suffered from leprosy
Graffiti Vandals thank to the local community for their support
‘We would like to thank the local community for their support in responding so quickly to this incident. A contractor will visit the site this afternoon.’
Police Scotland has been approached for comment.
Boris Johnson earlier slammed those who want to topple the Westminster statue to Churchill, Britain’s greatest ever prime minister.
He tweeted: ‘The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square is a permanent reminder of his achievement in saving this country – and the whole of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.
‘It is absurd and shameful that this national monument should today be at risk of attack by violent protesters.
‘Yes, he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today, but he was a hero, and he fully deserves his memorial.’
He did not mention Sadiq Khan, but the London Mayor has been heavily criticised for boarding up monuments instead of having police officers defend them.
Boris Johnson today blasted ‘absurd and shameful’ attacks on the statue of Sir Winston Churchill
A statue of Sir Winston that looks on to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament is totally hidden from view this morning after it was graffitied last weekend
Graffiti Vandals Quick Facts
- Monument at Battle of Bannockburn site, Stirling, was found covered in graffiti
- Writing on statue said that ‘Robert was a racist’ and white paint also read ‘BLM’
- The vandalism at the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) site has sparked outrage
- It comes as the PM launched attack on those who vandalised statue to Churchill
- A campaign has sought to topple more than 100 ‘racist’ statues across the UK
- Graffiti vandals attack Robert the Bruce statue in Scotland branding him a ‘racist king