This trip is a must, for those with a drop of Scottish blood in their veins. Your guide will take you through the life, and often violent times, of the young James Douglas. From the day he swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce, stood shoulder to shoulder with him at the decisive Battle of Bannockburn , this most loyal and constant companion became an incredibly talented military commander and the scourge of his enemies, who bestowed on him the title of Black Douglas.
You will hear how, before he died in 1329A.D., King Robert the Bruce made it his last request that Douglas, as his oldest and most trusted companion-in-arms, should cut out his heart, embalm it in a silver casket, carry it to the Holy Land, and deposit it in the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem.
Douglas's journey brought him to Seville, and across Andalucia to TEBA, where he joined forces with King Alfonso XI of Spain, who, in 1330 A.D., was attempting to remove the Moorish garrison from the Castle of the Stars. The Christian army lay siege to the Castle, but were engaged by a Moorish army, led by Osmyn , a notable soldier, who had come to relieve the Castle. In the battle that ensued, Black Douglas and almost all of the men who fought by his side were slain. The remaining Scots searched the battlefield and retrieved the body of Douglas with the silver casket containing his King's heart, beneath him.
The trip will include a visit to the ruins of this substantial Castle, and a visit the monument erected to Douglas by the people of the village, forever grateful to this great Scottish warrior for his contribution in their struggle against the Moors.
This little known, but extremely important episode in Scottish history, took place in TEBA, just over an hour from the coast.