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Grey Friar

a Franciscan friar
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Bruce and John Comyn met on the morning of Thursday, February 10, 1306, in the Church of the Grey Friars.
The site of the Grey Friars Church was excavated by the Marquis of Bute who had the outlines rebuilt to a few feet above the ground.
Now a team has begun a new dig at Grey Friars Church and will spend a month excavating the choir area with the hope of revealing more about the medieval friary.
A three-week long excavation was carried out in August 2012, in the Leicester City Council Car Park where the medieval Grey Friars church was located.
Richard Buckley, dig project leader, said: "It is the academic conclusion that beyond reasonable doubt, the individual exhumed at Grey Friars in September 2011 is King Richard III - the last Plantagenet King of England.
The last Plantagenet king was buried in Grey Friars Abbey in Leicester - later covered by a council car park - after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
According to records, Richard III was buried at Grey Friars church, believed to be on the site of the car park.
Following extensive tests, Richard Buckley, dig project leader, said: "It is the academic conclusion that beyond reasonable doubt, the individual exhumed at Grey Friars in September 2011 is King Richard III - the last Plantagenet king of England.
The car park was once the site of a church called Grey Friars, which ancient records said was the site of Richard's burial.
A University of Leicester team led the search for the remains of the monarch, whose defeat in the Battle of Bosworth before he was later buried at Grey Friars church, Leicester, was the last act in the Wars of the Roses.
The scientific reconstruction was created by experts at Dundee University, based on a CT scan of the remains which were found in an archaeological dig in September in the choir of the Grey Friars Church in the city.
Travel Business Review-October 23, 2012--UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER - Key figures in Richard III search tell of 'huge shock' of skeleton discovery; Michael Ibsen and Dr John Ashdown-Hill recount their reactions to news of Grey Friars find(C)2012] ENPublishing - http://www.