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Edinburgh Castle: Fortress of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The Edinburgh Castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric [...]

By | 2017-10-18T07:49:46+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|0 Comments

Stirling Castle: Famous Castle of Scotland

Stirling Castle is the grandest of Scotland's castles and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. 250 feet above the plain on an extinct volcano, Stirling became the strategic military key to the kingdom during the 13th and 14th-century Wars of Independence and was the favorite royal residence of many of the Stuart Monarchs. Many important events from Scotland's past took place at Stirling Castle, including [...]

By | 2017-10-08T18:01:58+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Castles, Medieval|0 Comments

Dunnottar Castle: Medieval Fortress, Scotland

Scotland has some magnificently located castles. Think no further than Stirling Castle or Edinburgh Castle, both built on top of rocks that allow them to dominate the landscape for miles around. But if we had to pick just one to trust with our lives in a time of great danger then it would without any doubt be Dunnottar Castle. No other Scottish castle comes close in terms of a [...]

By | 2017-09-24T22:32:05+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Castles, Constructions, Medieval|0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Battle of Bannockburn 1314

If there is a fact every Scot knows, it is who won the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314; although it did not bring outright victory in the war, which lay 14 years in the future and would only be won at the negotiating table. The victory was a combination of Bruce's demand of 1313: that all of the remaining Balliol supporters acknowledge his kingship or forfeit their estates, and the imminent [...]

By | 2017-01-08T17:18:28+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Historical Events, Medieval|0 Comments

Scottish Independence: Battle of Stirling Bridge

In 1291, with Scotland embroiled in a succession crisis following the death King Alexander III, the Scottish nobility approached King Edward of England and asked him to oversee the dispute and administer the outcome. Battle of Stirling Bridge Seeing an opportunity to expand his power, Edward agreed to settle the matter but only if he were made feudal overlord of Scotland. The Scots attempted to sidestep this demand by replying [...]

By | 2017-09-19T07:11:14+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Historical Events, Medieval|0 Comments

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