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Inspectahire Instrument Company
Inspectahire was approached by the National Trust for Scotland to survey the imposing 120-foot tall flagpole at Bannockburn to determine its condition.
The structure, which is a listed monument, was constructed on the battlefield in 1870 and its location commemorates the spot where the Scottish army stood in 1314 to await approaching English forces. The lower section is made from riveted wrought iron while the upper section is made from wood. It was feared that the metal may have corroded and the wood rotted, and the structure could not support a flag, and one had not been flown from the pole for a number of years.
The survey was part of a £9.1million project to redevelop the Stirlingshire site ahead of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014. A new visitor centre was being constructed as part of the project, which also involved restoring existing landmarks on the battlefield, including the 1964 statue of Robert the Bruce and the rotunda.
The 132-year old flagpole is described as one of the most important historical monuments at Bannockburn. It was constructed at a shipyard in Dumbarton and erected by Dumbarton and Stirling Masonic Lodges.
Inspectahire used a range of non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment to assess the flagpole’s condition, which in turn aided the restoration process. Ultrasonic equipment was used to measure the thickness of the metal section of the flagpole and identify areas of corrosion.
Cailean Forrester, Inspectahire managing director, said: “Bannockburn is the site of one of the most iconic battles in Scottish history and it helped to define Scotland. The flagpole is a very visible part of the battlefield and like anything which is exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time it can deteriorate.
“The results from the work that Inspectahire has carried out will allow the National Trust for Scotland to take steps to preserve this very impressive and important monument. Now that the flagpole’s exact condition has been identified, work can be carried out to allow a flag to once again fly high above the site. It has been an honour to have been involved in this historic project.”
Inspectahire has helped to protect a unique piece of Scottish heritage at one of the country’s most iconic battlefields.