A MEDIEVAL skeleton thought to be a knight, which was found buried beneath a lost royal chapel at Stirling Castle, had suffered more than 100 fractures during his violent death, it has emerged.

The remains were among nine skeletons discovered in 1997 when archaeologists lifted the stone-paved floor of a lost 12th-century royal chapel at Stirling Castle.

Experts have spent years studying the bones to discover more about the victims' lives and deaths.

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Findings from the analysis of all of the skeletons will finally be presented at the castle a week today.

The skeletons, which date from around in the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296-1357) include seven males, one female and a baby.

Most suffered blunt trauma injuries, with some also showing evidence of TB, scurvy and rickets.