James III tombstone under repair

Scotland’s King James III’s tombstone is set to undergo repairs after being vandalised.

The blue Tournai marble cover of the tombstone, which is located in the bell tower of Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling, will be transported to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh by Historic Scotland where it will be repaired by conservation experts.

Richard Welander, Historic Scotland’s head of collections, said: “I am very pleased that the experts at our conservation centre believe they can repair the shattered section of the tomb cover.

“What’s sad is that due to vandals we will have to invest an estimated £2,000 in staff time and materials in undoing the damage.

“We also feel that it is wise to temporarily lock away the rest of the tomb cover to keep it safe from attack.”

This is the third time the abbey has been vandalised this year, and police have appealed for information about this latest incident.

James III was born in 1451. He came to the throne in 1460, after his father was killed. James later died in unexplained circumstances in 1488, after fleeing from the Battle of Sauchieburn.