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Battle of Bannockburn (1314)

Battle of Bannockburn (1314)

The Battle of Bannockburn is one of the most celebrated in Scottish history. The battle is fortunately well-documented and involved a dramatic series of interesting encounters. It is widely considered to be the decisive action of the whole First War of Scottish...

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is the lesser of the two most famous medieval strongholds of Scotland still standing today. Just like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle is located on a steep hill in the middle of an important historic town, which meant that the Castle was of great...

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Battle of Happrew (1304)

Battle of Happrew (1304)

The Battle of Happrew was a small skirmish during the First War of Scottish Independence. It saw the English forces occupying Scotland try to locate and capture two prominent leaders of the Scottish resistance, Sir William Wallace and Sir Simon Fraser. Although the...

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Historical Inaccuracies of Braveheart

Historical Inaccuracies of Braveheart

We’re all familiar with the hugely successful 1995 film Braveheart, headed by Mel Gibson who took the leading role of Sir William Wallace: iconic Scottish legend and foe to King Edward I. If you’re reading this, the film likely holds a special place in your heart....

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Battle of Roslin (1303)

Battle of Roslin (1303)

The Battle of Roslin was a series of skirmishes fought in the spring of 1303 amidst a time of high tensions between the English and Scottish thrones. Although led by Sir John Comyn and Sir Simon Fraser, the actions at Roslin are known to be one of the last major...

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Warwolf Trebuchet; The Largest Catapult Ever Built

Warwolf Trebuchet; The Largest Catapult Ever Built

Did you know that the largest artillery piece of pre-modern era machinery was built in Scotland (the Warwolf Trebuchet)? And have you heard the tale of the brave soldiers who defended the stronghold of Stirling Castle against the expansionist designs of King Edward...

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Battle of Falkirk (1298)

Battle of Falkirk (1298)

The Battle of Falkirk was an epic disaster in the history of Scotland, which led the notorious William Wallace into the abyss of obscurity. In strategic terms, however, it was not that ruinous for the country as a whole in its aftermath, as Edward I failed to take...

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William Wallace

William Wallace

William Wallace was one of the greatest heroes of the Scottish Wars of Independence. Starting from the fifteenth century epic The Wallace by the famed Scottish poet ‘Blind’ Harry, Wallace came to be seen as a national icon of Scottish pride and the fierce Scottish...

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most important national icons of Scotland. Situated on a volcanic rock in the middle of the capital of Edinburgh, the Castle has served as a crucial stronghold to defend it against invaders for centuries. Apparently, it was eventually...

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First War of Scottish Independence

First War of Scottish Independence

The Anglo-Scottish Wars of medieval ages were one of the longest-running conflicts of the whole human history, lasting with great intensity for at least three centuries. Since England and Scotland shared a land border on the isolated island of Great Britain, the two...

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Robert the Bruce (1274 – 1329)

Robert the Bruce (1274 – 1329)

The Early Years of Robert the Bruce Robert the Bruce, or “Good King Robert” is widely recognised as a great national icon and hero of Scotland who secured independence from England. His romantic legacy tells a tale of struggle and determination, and of guerrilla...

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The Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone (/ˈskuːn/; Scottish Gaelic: An Lia Fáil, Scots: Stane o Scuin) is one of the multiple stone artifacts associated with the semi-mythological ancient history of the British Isles. More precisely, it is a national symbol of Scotland that has been used...

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The Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297)

The Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297)

As the First War of Scottish Independence raged on, William Wallace and his supporters continued in their defiance against their English oppressors. The country had been dominated by King Edward I of England, the self-pronounced King of Scotland, who had secured a...

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The Raid on Scone (1297)

The Raid on Scone (1297)

Another chapter in the ongoing First War of Scottish Independence, the raid on Scone saw the tables turn for Scotland. King Edward I of England had named himself King of Scotland and his armies were successfully invading and securing strongholds through the country....

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The Battle of Dunbar (1296)

The Battle of Dunbar (1296)

The inauguration of John Balliol as King of Scots in 1292 saw discord grow amongst the people of Scotland. Following the death of the heir, there were disagreements as to who should take over and several men were vying for the position. As fears of civil war grew,...

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The Capture of Berwick (1296)

The Capture of Berwick (1296)

Leadup to the Capture of Berwick The events leading to the Capture of Berwick begin with the death of the Norwegian-born, Margaret, Maid of Norway in 1290, the heir to Scotland. At the age of seven, she succumbed to illness on her way to Scotland, before she could be...

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