King James IV’s Body

Interested historians may have been observing the project in Leicester to find, identify and DNA-test King Richard IIIs body. In relation to KIng James IV, who was killed at the Battle of Flodden in September 1513, there are two iniatives underway:-

1. Contact has been made by the Scottish Sunday Express with Coldstream's Flodden 1513 Club. The newspaper has been trying to drum up support for a project to find James's body which is thought to have been last seen in London. One account from Richmond in London indicates that his whole body was last seen by a John Stowe in the ancient, but now demolished, Monastery of Sheen. Other accounts are of the body being seen in Wood Street, central London. Anyway the Sunday Express is running an introductory story in their paper on 10th February; and

2. The Flodden 1513 Club is liaising with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to install a modest plaque in Old Deer Park, Richmond, to commemorate the spot where James's whole body was last seen in the Sheen Monastery. Old Deer Park is just across the Thames from Syon House, owned by the Duke of Northumberland. The Flodden 1513 Club has a website where news can be obtained. There is more on this website too. The Society has in its possession a few documents handed to it by the late David Ross, of East Kilbride, who has a noteable and enthusiastic historian and within our 'Historic Documents' Project we are summarise his papers, partly as a source of information but also as a remembrance of big Davie.

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