Robert the Bruce is
Where Wallace was to fail in
the struggle against English domination,
Bruce was to succeed.
As seventh Lord of Annandale and
Earl of Carrick, Bruce’s roots lay in both Scotland and Normandy.
With lands in England the family wished to retain, the Bruces played a shadowy roll in the early efforts Scotland made to rid herself of the unwanted presence of Edward I “The Hammer of the Scots”.
After the death of his father Bruce finally came to the fore in the struggle.
His qualities of leadership, pre-eminent fighting skills, unfailing courage and, perhaps most importantly, his humanity, eventually saw the majority of Scots fall in behind his campaign.
Bannockburn is often hailed his greatest achievement. In military terms it certainly was. But Bruce must be remembered for one of the most important documents ever produced in Europe, The Declaration of Arbroath. Above all he gained Scotland her independence…just months before he died.
Bruce was a man loved by his supporters; and a man to whom Scotland is still in debt.