Nechtansmere could still feature in Inventory

HISTORIC Scotland has moved to assure campaigners that the Battle of Nechtansmere is still under consideration for inclusion on its inventory of battles which played a significant part in Scotland’s history.

Their response follows an approach by Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey, after reports the battleground near Letham had failed to make the second tranche of sites being considered for listing, as we reported last week.

Mr Dey said: “Following publication of the latest list of battles being looked at for possible inclusion in the inventory, from which Dunnichen was missing, I e-mailed Ruth Parsons, the chief executive of Historic Scotland seeking clarification.

“I am pleased to say Historic Scotland has responded quickly and confirmed that Nechtansmere is still being considered and we can expect an update towards the end of the year.”

In her response to Mr Dey, Ms Parsons explained that the list published a few days ago was a delayed carry over from the original consideration process conducted in the financial year 2010/11.

She went on: “Our research for the group of sites that includes Dun Nechtain is being carried out in the current financial year.

“This work has only recently begun and we will not be in a position to advise further before late November or early December.

“I hope this reassures you that our position has not changed from that promised.”