BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN
The Battle of Bannockburn fought in 1314 between the Scottish Army led by Robert the Bruce and the English Army led by King Edward II was the victory that gave Scotland independence which lasted until 1707. On 1 May 1707 Scotland joined a political union with England and Northern Ireland and Wales to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
The inscription on the Borestone in the rotunda reads;
FOR GOD AND ST ANDREW
ROBERT THE BRUCE KING OF SCOTS PLANTED HIS STANDARD NEAR THIS SPOT WHEN THE SCOTTISH PATRIOTS UNDER HIS COMMAND VANQUISHED THE ARMY OF EDWARD II OF ENGLAND AT THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN 24TH JUNE – 1314
“WE FIGHT NOT FOR GLORY NOR FOR WEALTH, NOR HONOUR BUT ONLY AND ALONE WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM WHICH NO GOOD MAN SURRENDERS BUT WITH HIS LIFE.”
THE ROTUNDA AND FLAG POLE AT BANNOCKBURN
The rotunda was built to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn in 1964. The flag pole was place where Robert the Bruce raised his standard and a commemorative pole was first erected here in 1870.
Written in the circle the words Location of the Borestone where by tradition Robert Bruce raised his standard in 1314.
KING ROBERT ASSEMBLED HIS ARMY HERE TO GUARD THE POINT WHERE THE ROMAN ROAD ENTERED THE NEW PARK.
CARTHROPES WERE SET IN NUMEROUS PITS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROMAN ROAD ALONG THE BANNOCKBURN.
THE ENGLISH CAVALRY ARRIVED AT THE FORD ON SUNDAY 23 JUNE 1314. BRUCE KILLED DE BOHUN NEARBY.
THE SCOTS FORCED THE CAVALRY BACK OVER THE BANNOCK BURN MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR EDWARD II TO REACH STIRLING CASTLE BY THE NEW PARK