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Can You Help Answer This Old Book Question?

17th March 2013

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Noel Donaldson contacted to help solve a mystery...........

AN amateur historian is trying to solve a century-plus Caithness mystery which has Scots hero Robert the Bruce at its centre.

The King is featured in a book entitled The Days of Bruce which retired Ayrshire man, Derry Martin recently acquired.

The Kilmarnock and District History Group member came across the book when surfing E-Bay and purchased it. As every Scots pupil knows, Bruce defeated, King Edwards army in a famous victory, the Battle of Bannockburn.

On the fly leaf was the dedication- To James Morrison with best wishes from James Kennedy, Keiss Schoolhouse , December 24, 1895. The book was written by Grace Aguilar and published by James Nesbet of London.

Derry, who is retired, decided to do some research, but his, obvious, first-port-of-call, Keiss primary school, drew a blank, not surprising, given the timescale.
Was the book a Christmas gift presented to a teacher or an outstanding pupil, by the then headmaster?

If you can help, contact Derry by e-mail. The address is derry811[AT]