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In 1297, William Wallace learned that a large English army was advancing towards Stirling, and with Andrew of Moray he moved his forces there to oppose it. He took up a position on the north bank of the River Forth with the much larger English army opposite the south scottish highland self catering bank. Confidently the English commanders ordered their forces forward to cross the wooden bridge that spanned the river. Immediately Wallace saw his opportunity. He waited until about half of the enemy had crossed, and then gave the signal for attack. The Scottish scottish highland self catering spearsmen charged upon the English van, while the right wing raced across to hold the bridge and cut off any retreat. Helplessly, the English soldiers on the south bank watched as their comrades were overwhelmed. Soon they panicked, and the English army fled away to the south. Wallace and his men pursued them and drove them out of the scottish highland self catering country.
Edward I was not the person to accept such a defeat lightly, and in 1298 he himself led a great army north into Scotland. Wallace retreated from the Border counties and laid them to waste. In this way, the English were not able to obtain the scottish highland self catering provisions they needed. His tactics might have succeeded, but informers told Edward that Wallace and his men were lying in wait at Falkirk. Swiftly the English king marched against the Scots before they could withdraw.
Wallace’s army was much smaller than Edward’s, and at the very beginning of the battle his tiny force of cavalry fled from the field. The scottish highland self catering Scots infantry were drawn up in the famous schiltron formations with the 12ft long spears of the Scots spearsmen bristling out in all directions. Repeatedly the schiltrons threw back the charges of the English cavalry, but the Scots had no answer when Edward brought up his scottish highland self catering longbowmen. The English arrows wreaked terrible havoc in the Scottish lines, and only a very few men, including Wallace, were able to escape from the field.
Once again, scottish highland self catering Scotland lay at the mercy of the ‘Hammer of the Scots’ (the grim nickname bestowed by later generations on Edward I of England), and English troops re-occupied the country and garrisoned the castles. The scottish highland self catering Scottish nobles quickly made their peace, and Wallace became a hunted outlaw. In 1305 he was betrayed by a certain Sir John Menteith, and was taken to London for trial. He was found guilty of treason and sentenced to a horrible death. His head was placed on scottish highland self catering London Bridge, and parts of his body were displayed at Newcastle, Berwick, Perth and Stirling, as a grim warning to any other Scots who might think of following his example.
Within a year, however, a new Scottish leader had appeared in the scottish highland self catering person of Robert Bruce. Bruce’s ancestors had been given lands in Scotland by David I, and his grandfather had been a claimant for the throne after the death of the Maid of Norway. Bruce now saw his opportunity. In 1306, he arranged a meeting at scottish highland self catering with one of his rivals, John Comyn, in a church in Dumfries, to discuss their plans. A fierce quarrel broke out, and Bruce and his followers killed the unfortunate Comyn. This act of sacrilege resulted in Bruce’s excommunication, and the enmity of Comyn’s family and friends. Thus, when he was crowned King at scottish highland self catering Scone a few weeks later, only a small number of his own followers were there to support him.