NS7990 : Bannockburn Monument - On a glorious day

taken 9 years ago, near to Chartershall, Stirling, Great Britain

Bannockburn Monument - On a glorious day
Bannockburn Monument - On a glorious day
The statue commemorates the battle that took place here on Midsummer's Day, 1314, when, against all odds, an army led by Robert the Bruce, self-appointed King of Scots, routed an army led by King Edward II of England. It was only the second time in European history that a force of predominantly infantry succeeded in defeating superior cavalry in battle, a fact ascribed to Bruce's inspirational leadership and his tactical use of the terrain (quite apart from failings on the English side). The battle symbolised a national struggle for freedom, expressed in the lines of Archdeacon Barbour of Aberdeen's epic poem 'Brus':

"A! fredome is a noble thing!
Fredome mayss man to haiff liking [choice];
Fredome all solace to man giffis:
He levys at ess that frely levys!"

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"Here no Scot can pass uninterested - I fancy to myself that I see my gallant, heroic countrymen coming o'er the hill, and down upon the plunderers of their country, the murderers of their fathers; noble revenge and just hate glowing in every vein, striding more and more eagerly, as they approach the oppressive, insulting, blood-thirsty foe! I see them meet in gloriously-triumphant congratulation on the victorious field, exulting in their heroic royal leader, and rescued liberty and independence!" -- Robert Burns after visiting Bannockburn, 1787
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Tuesday, 1 April, 2008   (more nearby)
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Friday, 16 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 794 906 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:5.6033N 3:56.3344W
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