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.

James I was stabbed to death in 1437

But the priory was destroyed in the reformation 100 years later and no-one is sure of the grave’s exact location.

A monument marks the area where James I’s remains are believed to be buried

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.  

Joan Beaufort, daughter of John of Gaunt & Katherine Swynford, Lady Ferrers & Countess of Westmoreland c., 1377-1440. Joan is pictured leading her daughters in prayer.

Nearly a hundred years later, in 1541, Margaret Tudor (Sister to Henry VIII was also buried in the Charterhouse after her death at Methven. 

A portrait of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland. The sister of the infamous Henry VIII, Margaret is a direct ancestor of every British Monarch since James I, who was her great-grandson.

However, the Charterhouse was destroyed during the Reformation, like many of Perth’s other religious foundations.

On August 8th, in 1503, James IV married Margaret Tudor at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.

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