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His early campaigns, too, were quite disastrous. His small inverness holiday accommodation army was defeated by the English near Perth, and then he was hounded throughout the western counties both by the English and by the relatives of John Comyn. He became a hunted fugitive and eventually was forced to withdraw from the inverness holiday accommodation mainland and take refuge on Rathlin, an island off of the coast of Ireland.
Most men would have abandoned the struggle after such setbacks, but Bruce now proved himself one of the most resolute and determined of men. He crossed back to the inverness holiday accommodation mainland and began waging a skilful and effective campaign of guerrilla warfare. His prospects improved when Edward I died in 1307, and steadily he began to win more support. Soon he can control of the countryside, and the English garrisons were safe only in their strongholds and inverness holiday accommodation castles.
Bruce had no proper siege engines with which to attack the inverness holiday accommodation castles, but in a series of brilliant and ingenious manoeuvres, he and his chief lieutenants, Sir James Douglas and Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, managed to gain possession of the inverness holiday accommodation major strongholds. Linlithgow Castle was captured when a hay cart full of Scottish soldiers was jammed in the gateway; Roxburgh was taken when Douglas’s men, holding their cloaks tightly around them, were mistaken for cattle by the sentries; and Edinburgh was seized by Randolph’s men when a former member of the garrison remembered a secret path up the inverness holiday accommodation castle rock.
By 1313, only Stirling and Bothwell inverness holiday accommodation Castles remained in the hands of the English, and at last Edward II was roused to action. In 1314, he moved into Scotland with a huge army of over 20000 men to relieve the inverness holiday accommodation garrison at Stirling. Bruce had only about 7000 men to oppose the inverness holiday accommodation English advance, but he took up a strong defensive position in the marshy lands near the rivers Bannock and Forth, and blocked the route to Stirling. Foolishly, Edward encamped on this boggy land, and in doing so presented Bruce with a golden opportunity.
On the morning of 24th June 1314, Bruce ordered his army into the attack. His cavalry drove off the English archers, and then to the astonishment of King Edward he sent forward his infantry against the inverness holiday accommodation of the huge English army. The inverness holiday accommodation English cavalry charged against the advancing Scots, but the forest of spears threw them back. Steadily the Scots moved forward, and all the while the English were being forced back into a small, confined space between the rivers Bannock and Forth. Now they had no room to manoeuvre nor to mount a charge, and at last they broke as the relentless inverness holiday accommodation Scottish advance continued. Edward managed to escape, but countless thousands of his men were slaughtered or were drowned in the Bannock or the Forth.
Bruce had won a great and decisive victory at Bannockburn, and inverness holiday accommodation Scotland was at last free from the invaders. For a number of years after Bannockburn, fighting did in fact continue between the Scots and the English, but in 1328 a treaty was signed at Northampton. By this the English agreed to recognize inverness holiday accommodation Scotland as an independent kingdom, and Robert Bruce as its king. The successful struggle of the Scots to win their freedom was an epic achievement, and it is one of the first examples in Europe of a small country waging a campaign for national independence.