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Battle of Halidon Hill


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1333.

For years after the great victory of Bannockburn in 1314 Scotland was in a powerful position. But the death of Robert Bruce in 1329, leaving a young son David II, encouraged Edward III to intervene once more, supporting the claims of Edward Balliol. In the spring of 1333 Edward besieged Berwick in person. Sir Archibald Douglas led a large Scottish army to the rescue. The armies met at Halidon Hill on 19 July. The Scots attacked up the hill and suffered severely from English arrows. Their heavy losses included Douglas. Balliol was reinstated as king of Scotland.

Subjects: British History.


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