Lasting for two days, Battle of Bannockburn was one of the most important battles in the First War of Scottish Independence. It remains a popular and significant event in Scotland’s history. Here are 10 interesting facts about this historic battle.
1. Battle of Bannockburn was fought for Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most famous castles in Scotland. It was one of the most strategically important locations during the Scottish Wars of Independence as it commanded the route north to the Scottish Highlands. Possession of Stirling Castle switched several times between England and Scotland during the war and in 1314 it was the last English stronghold in Scotland.
2. It was caused due to Scotland’s siege of Stirling Castle
King of Scots, Robert the Bruce knew the importance of occupying Stirling Castle. In 1314, his brother Edward Bruce led a force which surrounded the castle cutting off the supplies. Stirling Castle was held by Sir Philip Mowbray who proposed that he would hand over the castle to the Scots on June 24, 1314 unless an English force arrived to relieve him by then. Edward Bruce agreed and withdrew.