The Battle of Stirling Bridge

On September 11, 1297, a Scottish army led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray met and defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, near Stirling on the River Forth. Stirling Bridge followed a Scottish defeat at the Battle of Dunbar in April 1296. The English victor, John de Warenne, thought he was facing a rabble at Stirling and didn’t really take proper precautions … Continue reading The Battle of Stirling Bridge

Freedom Fighter

After managing to evade pursuers for seven years following his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk, Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace was captured on 5 August 1305 when one of his countrymen, John de Menteith, turned him over to English soldiers near Glasgow. Wallace, who’d been making life hell for the English for almost a decade, was taken to Westminster Hall in London, where he … Continue reading Freedom Fighter

Freeeeedoooomm!

After a brief but glorious career as a legendary freedom fighter, William Wallace was executed for treason on August 23, 1305 after being captured near Glasgow. Wallace was a member of the minor Scottish nobility who came of age at a time of political instability and widespread infighting amongst the greatest Scottish landowners. King Alexander III had died in 1286 after falling from his horse, … Continue reading Freeeeedoooomm!