Seven hundred years ago, near Stirling in Scotland, its king, Robert Bruce, and about six thousand determined Scots saw off the considerably larger (as in almost three to one) army of England’s King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn. The two sides met and inflicted damage on each other for two days (June 23rd & 24th, 1314) before the English, who were finding it hard to manoeuvre such a vast force in the inhospitable terrain, were finally forced to flee the field.
Though hardly the end to differences between Scotland and England, the victory was pivotal to the eventual recognition of Scottish independence, and led to the return of some rather important prisoners the English had been holding for seven years: Robert’s wife, daughter, and sisters.
If you’re in or anywhere near the Stirling area, and looking for something interesting to do with the kids, the Bannockburn Live! Festival would be a great thing to attend, complete with re-enactments of the famous battle. Despite this being the seven hundredth anniversary, it’s not being held on the closest weekend date this year as that has been set aside for the official opening of the new interactive Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Bannockburn Live! will take place in this location the following weekend, July 28th-29th.