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The only memorial to King James IV?

The James IV memorial is firmly installed on the 14th tee of the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf course in Richmond.

The James IV memorial is firmly installed on the 14th tee of the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf course in Richmond.

The Flodden 1513 Club of Coldstream has liaised with the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club of Richmond, London, and they agreed to install a monument to James IV on their golf course, beside the 14th tee to be precise.

The 14th fairway of the golf club is above the now buried ancient monastery of Sheen where the remains of King James were last witnessed.

As the King was ex-communicated by the Pope for breaking the Treaty of Perpetual Peace by invading England, his body could not be buried by the English king, Henry VIII, and it lay in Sheen monastery for many years. It is not known where his body was buried.

This newly-installed monument is probably the only dedicated physical memorial to the dead Scots King in the UK.

The mnew memorial is to be officially unveiled on Sunday, March 24, 2014.

 

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