Analysing Battle of Stirling Bridge,

Analysing Battle of Stirling Bridge, at Stilring Castle

 Today, I assisted with a tour of selected historic Scottish fields for a group from the military. At each battle site a syndicate of 5 personnel undertook an analysis of the battle dynamics together with an interpretation of the battle in context of modern warfare and technologies.

The tour commenced with Battle of Falkirk (1298) where a Scots force under William Wallace (‘Braveheart’)  was defeated by a superior English force under Edward I. The image below shows the approximate site of the battle. Seven years later Wallace was betrayed and executed in London

Battle of Falkirk 1298

Battle of Falkirk 1298, Scotland

 Next we visited nearby Stirling Castle from which point an excellent view of the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge can be obtained. Image at top of the post shows the group undertaking the battle analysis. This battle proved a major victory victory for William Wallace over a superior but ineptly led English army under the Earl of Surrey. About 10pct of the English army was killed but the English managed to hold on to Stirling Castle.

Site of Battle of Stirling Bridge, Stirling

Site of Battle of Stirling Bridge, Stirling, Scotland

 Our final visit of the day was  Bannockburn. Here, in June 1314 there was a major battle fought over two days between the forces of  Edward II of England and King Robert the Bruce of Scotland. The inferior Scots forces prevailed due, principally, to the Scots having better knowledge of the local terrain and choice of the battle site. This battle was a watershed in the Wars of Independence and secured Scotland’s independence through to creation of the United Kingdom in 1707.

Bannockburn Battle Memorial Site

Bannockburn Battle Memorial Site, Scotland

This tour was aided by excellent weather.

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