Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king.
The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life “Game of Thrones” could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project
Archaeologists and virtual reality artists want to digitally recreate the court of King James I of Scotland in Perth, around 40 miles from Edinburgh, and try to find the king’s tomb buried beneath the modern-day city. James I was assassinated in Perth on 4 February 1437 while he was in the royal apartments at the Blackfriars monastery in Perth. He was later buried at the Charterhouse monastery. Perth Charterhouse was the only Carthusian house in Scotland, and was the special project of James I.
But the priory was destroyed in the reformation 100 years later and no-one is sure of the grave’s exact location.
The team has been inspired by the discovery of King Richard III of England beneath a car park in Leicester.
“It’s like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’ all rolled into one—except this story is real,” said Paul Wilson, who is leading the digital visualisation project at Glasgow School of Art (GSA).
His queen, Joan Beaufort, would also be buried there in 1445.
Nearly a hundred years later, in 1541, Margaret Tudor (Sister to Henry VIII was also buried in the Charterhouse after her death at Methven.
However, the Charterhouse was destroyed during the Reformation, like many of Perth’s other religious foundations.
James I was assassinated on February 21, 1437, by supporters of a rival claimant to the throne, an act which historians say brought an end to his ambition to make Perth the capital of Scotland.
“That day changed Scotland forever,” Wilson said.
The king’s mausoleum lay at the heart of a Carthusian priory called the Charterhouse, which was modelled on the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps.