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Stirling in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
 

The Battle of Stirling Bridge

 
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
1. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
Inscription. In early September 1297 a mighty army arrived in Stirling to put down Scots resistance to English rule. The Scots allowed around half the invaders to advance across the narrow bridge over the Forth. Then William Wallace and the Scots swept forward to achieve a brilliant victory over a far-superior force.
 
Location. 56° 7.729′ N, 3° 56.16′ W. Marker is in Stirling, Scotland, in Stirlingshire. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stirling, Scotland FK9 5AP, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Wallace Monument (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Battle of Bannockburn (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); Fit For A King (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); The Holy Grail (approx. 9.5 kilometers away); Antonine Wall Rough Castle (approx. 15.2 kilometers away); The Northern Defences (approx. 15.3 kilometers away); Antonine Wall (approx. 15.4 kilometers away); The Roman Fort (approx. 15.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Stirling.
 
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1. The Battle of Stirling Bridge. Education Scotland's account of the battle. On the attack:...The Scots seized the moment. Wallace and Moray sent their spearmen down to attack.
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
2. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
Stirling Bridge pillar with Wallace inscribed
The Scots cut off the escape route back across the bridge and attacked the trapped knights, bowmen and foot soldiers. The mounted knights floundered in the marshy ground and Edward’s army was forced back to the deep waters of the Forth. In an hour the Scots had slaughtered the trapped men. Some English knights managed to fight their way back across the bridge. A few foot soldiers swam to the south bank of the river but the rest were cut down…
(Submitted on July 19, 2015.) 

2. The Battle of Stirling Bridge. The BBC's account of the battle. Includes a picture of a marker with the exact same picture and wording, but in red. On the battle's significance: ...Victory brings the collapse of English occupation. Wallace, now Guardian of Scotland, goes on to devastate the north of England in the hope of forcing Edward to acknowledge defeat. Records show that 715 villages are burnt and many helpless people are no doubt slain. The cycle of brutality, started by Edward at Berwick, rolls remorselessly on. Until 1297 the heavily armed and mounted knight had been an invincible force on the battlefield. Stirling Bridge was the first battle in Europe to see a common army of spearmen defeat a feudal host. Only five years later a host of French knights were to go down to similarly-armed Flemish townsmen at The Battle of Courtrai. Stirling Bridge also destroyed the myth of English invincibility. The Scots had
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
3. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
Stirling Bridge with the National Wallace Monument in the distant on Abbey Craig
not defeated a major English army since the Dark Ages, but this victory seems to have strengthened their will to resist Edward I. However, the humiliation of losing to lowly Scots only strengthened Edward's determination: under a year later Wallace's Scots Army was defeated at The Battle of Falkirk.
(Submitted on July 19, 2015.) 
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
4. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
River Forth from atop Stirling Bridge
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
5. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
Stirling Bridge from northwest
Stirling Bridge from the Southeast. image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
6. Stirling Bridge from the Southeast.
Note that this is not the actual bridge that the English crossed at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. That was a wooden bridge located about 170 meters upstream from this 15th Century stone bridge. The wooden bridge was destroyed shortly after the battle by the English to prevent pursuit by the Scots.
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 5, 2011
7. The Battle of Stirling Bridge
View of Stirling Bridge and the National Wallace Monument from atop Stirling Castle.
 
 
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