Stirling Castle Palace Project
In 2011 the Stirling Castle Palace Project was completed. The splendidly-recreated interiors are the outcome of almost a decade of research and John is proud to have been a part of the team. He was commissioned by Historic Scotland to write the official book about the project and the new interiors;
John G. Harrison, Rebirth of A Palace: The Royal Court at Stirling (Historic Scotland, 2011) – available only via Historic Scotland shops.
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Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project
This major, national programme was conducted over several seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It aimed to bring together archaeological, historical and environmental evidence for this important area and John was delighted to be a part of the team.
Publication has been a protracted business but the final report is now available to download FREE at http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/sair/contents.cfm?vol=62
And can be cited as
John A Atkinson With Chris Dalglish, Nicholas T Dixon, Michael Donnelly, John G Harrison, Olivia Lelong and Gavin MacGregor (2016) BEN LAWERS: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE IN TIME Results from the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project, 1996–2005, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 62.
Archaeological work on Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire had proceeded over many years when John was commissioned to look at the documentary evidence. Working with Kirkdale Archaeology he was able to produce a Report looking at the buildings but also at the grounds of the castle and the wider landscape holdings which had supported it and the families (particularly the Muirs) who had owned it. Archaeological and documentary results were published as:
Gordon Ewart and Dennis Gallagher, A Palace Fit For A Laird; Rowallan Castle, Archaeology and Research, 1998-2008, Historic Scotland, Edinburgh.
In the late 1990s the Royal Commission were engaged in a survey of Menstrie Glen, in the Ochils. John, meanwhile, was aware of the vast quantity of archival information about the area, much of it in the Wright of Loss collection in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS RH15/115). Collaboration brought together the survey and documentary evidence to make Menstrie Glen arguably the best-understood landscape in Scotland.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, 2001. “Well shelterd & watered": Menstrie Glen, a farming landscape near Stirling, Edinburgh.
In the lead-up to the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, John was busily engaged, with Dr Richard Tipping from Stirling University and others on research into the landscapes across which the battle was fought.
The composition of the team means that, rightly but for the first time, means that some scientific rigour can be brought to the questions raised.
One of the outputs, just published, is a chapter in a book, the 'proceedings' of a conference held in 2014;
Richard Tipping, Aden Beresford, Gordon Cook, Derek Hamilton, John G. Harrison, Jason Jordan, Paul Ledger, Dmitri Mauquoy, John McArthur, Stuart Morrison, Danny Paterson, Nicola Russell and David Smith, 2016. 'Landscape Dynamics and Climate Change as Agents at the Battle of Bannockburn' 111-128, in M. Penman (ed) 2016, Bannockburn, 1314-2014: Battle & Legacy, Proceedings of the 2014 Stirling Conference, Shaun Tyas, Donington.