By Peter Armstrong
Osprey's research of the conflict of Bannockburn, which used to be a part of the 1st conflict of Scottish Independence (1296-1328) and the climax of the occupation of King Robert the Bruce. In 1307 King Edward I of britain, 'The Hammer of the Scots' and nemesis of William Wallace, died and his son, Edward II, used to be now not from an analogous mildew. Idle and apathetic, he allowed the Scots the opportunity to get over the grievous punishment inflicted upon them. by way of 1314 Bruce had captured each significant English-held citadel bar Stirling and Edward II took a military north to subdue the Scots. Pete Armstrong's account of this pivotal crusade culminates on the decisive conflict of Bannockburn that eventually gained Scotland her independence.
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32 OPPOSING PLANS ENGLISH PLANS he number of men that Edward II summoned to serve in 1314 and the scale of the preparations he put in train for his overdue expedition against the Scots suggest that this was a full-scale invasion aimed at nothing short of the total subjugation of the Scots. The compact between Philip Moubray and Edward Bruce merely added an urgency to the invasion preparations and introduced a deadline for Edward’s appearance before Stirling Castle. The immensely strong castle, perched on its rock dominating the town and the bridge over the River Forth, had been in English hands since Edward I took it in 1304.
After an exchange of archery the Scottish infantry attack on the Carse, closing with the English cavalry before their charge gains momentum. The English position is constricted between the Pelstream and Bannock burns, leaving them barely half a mile in which to deploy. 2 3 N XXXX The English Army EDWARD II 4. The majority of the English infantry seem to have taken no part in the fighting. Many may well have remained south of the Bannock Burn, either unaware of the unfolding events or unable to deploy.
The route they took was most probably along the track known as ‘the Way’, which skirted the escarpment along the flat carse and led to a ford where the Bannock Burn issued from its gorge on to the Carse of Balquhiderock. They rode past St Ninian’s Kirk, below which the boggy Pelstream Burn flows into the carse. They were unopposed and must have thought their way to Stirling was clear. However, the Earl of Moray’s division was posted near St Ninian’s to guard the main road north against a flanking movement such as this by the English.
Bannockburn 1314: Robert Bruce's great victory by Peter Armstrong