NS7990 : Battlefield at Bannockburn

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

Battlefield at Bannockburn
Battlefield at Bannockburn
Council houses encroach upon the site of the most famous battle ever fought on Scottish soil. Stirling District Council plans further developments on the site, seemingly oblivious to the pleas of heritage organizations to preserve it as open ground.

"On the next day - an evil, miserable and calamitous day for the English - both sides prepared themselves for battle. () When the great horses of the English charged the pikes of the Scots as if into a dense forest, there arose a loud and terrible crash of spears breaking and horses wounded to the death. () Now the English in the rear could not reach the Scots because the leading division was in the way, nor could they do anything to help themselves, so there was nothing for it but to take flight. () Another calamity which befell the English was that they had shortly before crossed a great ditch called the Bannockburn, into which the tide flows, and now wanted to recross it in confusion. In the crush, many nobles and others fell into it with their horses, while others escaped with much difficulty, and many were completely unable to extricate themselves from the ditch. Thus Bannockburn was spoken about for many years in English throats." -- 14thC Lanercost Chronicle
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 April, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 October, 2009
Category
Battlefield   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 794 906 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:5.6085N 3:56.3443W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 795 906
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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