Buchan's career shows the difficulties faced by prominent Scots who wished to maintain the integrity of their country. He was a supporter of John Balliol, and hostile to the claims of Edward I. Yet he had at times to compromise, submitting to Edward in 1296 and being sent by him to suppress the rising of Andrew Murray in 1297. Instead, he joined the rebels, fought at Falkirk against Edward, and was a leading figure on the Scottish side till what seemed to be Edward's final victory in 1304. Bruce's murder of his cousin John Comyn of Badenoch forced him finally onto the English side. He was routed by Bruce at Inverurie in 1308.
Subjects: British History.