A King in Search of his Throne

G.W.S. Barrow

in Robert Bruce

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620227
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672189 | DOI:
A King in Search of his Throne

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Precise evidence for where Bruce spent the winter 1306-7 is lacking, but the likeliest hypothesis is that he stayed in Northern Ireland and the southern Hebrides. Early in 1307, aware that Edward I had not much longer to live, Bruce launched a campaign of guerrilla warfare in Galloway and Carrick, ambushing the English in Glen Trool and scoring further successes at Loudoun Hill and at Ayr. Edward I died 7 July 1307 on the Solway Firth leading an army north; his son Edward II proceeded a little further and then turned south. Bruce campaigned against his Scottish opponents in Galloway, Buchan and Argyll 1307-8 and was able to hold his first parliament at St Andrews in 1309.

Keywords: Robert Bruce; Northern Ireland; Edward I; guerrilla warfare; Edward II; Galloway; Buchan; Argyll

Chapter.  11510 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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