Bruce 11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329
King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329
He successfully fought during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent country. Today revered in Scotland as a national hero.
Robert the Bruce supported his family's claim to the Scottish throne and took part in Wallace's revolt against Edward I.
After the death of Wallace in 1305, King Robert the Bruce continued the war. Bruce agreed to concede defeat if the English could lift the siege of Stirling Castle. As ever, to take Stirling was to hold Scotland.
King Robert intercepted the army of King Edward 11 on the field of Bannockburn. He prepared the ground and worked out his plan of attack in advance.
His great victory on 24 June 1314 has been well celebrated in song and poetry. He captured Edward 11's poet, Robert Baston, and held him, prisoner, for 10 years. Baston's composition is one of the most profound anti-war songs of the middle ages.
Robert, I died in June 1329. His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while his heart was interred in Melrose Abbey.
Stirling is truly "the brooch which clasps the Highlands and the Lowlands together". No other place of its size can make that claim
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