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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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stirling.
 
Also see . . .  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:
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By Brandon Fletcher, April 2, 2011
2. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker
Stirling Bridge pillar with Wallace inscribed
...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 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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The Battle of Stirling Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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
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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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   7. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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