Flodden items should be displayed north of the border

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden when, on September 9, 1513, King James IV of Scotland was killed.

A sword, dagger and ring taken from the body are kept in the College of Arms in London, and I took the liberty of writing to the Richmond Herald regarding the possibility of them being returned and exhibited in Scotland during this historic year.

He said these had been exhibited before and there was no reason why they could not be lent and exhibited again. To date, though, a request had not come from a body in Scotland able and willing to display them.

Given that this year is the Flodden quincentenary, a request from Historic Scotland for these items to be brought to Edinburgh Castle to accompany the honours of Scotland, or from the National Museum of Scotland to display them in a Flodden-related exhibition, would clearly be both timely and appropriate.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh