'First record' of Africans at Stirling Castle found





A historian says he has uncovered evidence of Africans being present at Stirling Castle as early as the 1540s.

John Harrison found references to morys - or moors - in the "Bread Book", a record of who received loaves from the royal kitchens in 1549.

The book may be the first clear record of Africans at Stirling Castle's Royal Palace, Mr Harrison said.

The research is part of Historic Scotland's £12m restoration of the palace to its mid-16th Century heyday.



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