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Stirling

Scotland's birthplace, experiencing its own rebirth

Stirling suffers quite a few comparisons to Edinburgh, because of its quaint cobblestone streets and majestic castle overlooking the town. But Stirling has tricks up its sleeve to cast off big brother Edinburgh's shadow. Part of Stirling's magic and uniqueness lies in its history. This is where "Braveheart" comes to life, where William Wallace defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and where Robert the Bruce prevailed at the Battle of Bannockburn, giving Scots their first taste of independence. It is said that "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland;" indeed, this is the true heart of Scotland, and its strategic location near both the Highlands and Lowlands makes it likely that you'll pass through here eventually. But Stirling is also having its own rebirth - it was given city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, and as a major university town, its cosmopolitan bars, galleries, and performance spaces are increasingly becoming the focus.

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  • Sir William Wallace (Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam Uallas, pronounced [ˈɯʎam ˈuəl̪ˠəs̪]
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  • Sir William Wallace Wallace Monument 20080505 Stained glass William Wallace.jpg Wallace in stained glass at his monument in Stirling Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland (Second Interregnum) In office 1297–1298 Preceded by John Balliol (as King of the Scots) Succeeded by Robert the Bruce John III Comyn Personal details Born c. 1270[1] Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland Died 23 August 1305 Smithfield, London, England Cause of death Hanged, drawn and quartered Resting place London, England, in unmarked grave Nationality Scottish Relations Alan Wallace (father) Children None recorded Occupation Military leader Military service Allegiance Kingdom of Scotland Years of service 1297–1305 Rank Commander Battles/wars First War of Scottish Independence: Action at Lanark Raid on Scone Battle of Stirling Bridge Battle of Falkirk Battle of Happrew Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. He was appointed Guardian of Scotland and served until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. In August 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow, and handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians.Since his death, Wallace has obtained an iconic status far beyond his homeland. He is the protagonist of Blind Harry's 15th-century epic poem The Wallace and the subject of literary works by Sir Walter Scott and Jane Porter, and of the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart. He was first cousin to Roger de Kirkpatrick. Roger himself was a third cousin to Robert the Bruce.BackgroundPolitical crisis in ScotlandSilent years prior to the Wars of IndependenceStart of the uprisingBattle of Stirling BridgeBattle of FalkirkCapture and executionHistoriography of WallaceIn popular cultureSee alsoNotesReferencesExternal linksLast edited 7 days ago by Hippo43 RELATED ARTICLES Battle of Stirling Bridge battle of the First War of Scottish Independence Battle of Falkirk Battle of the First War of Scottish Independence Barns of Ayr English military barracks located at Ayr, Scotland WikipediaContent is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted. Terms of UsePrivacyDesktop
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  • Stirling was first declared a royal burgh by King David in the 12th century, with later charters reaffirmed by subsequent monarchs. A ferry, and later bridge, on the River Forth at Stirling brought wealth and strategic influence, as did its tidal port at Riverside.[56] Major battles during the Wars of Scottish Independence took place at the Stirling Bridge in 1297 and at the nearby village of Bannockburn in 1314 involving William Wallace and Robert the Bruce respectively. After the battle of Stirling Bridge, Wallace wrote to the Hanseatic leaders of Lübeck and Hamburg to encourage trade between Scottish ports (like Stirling) and these German cities.[57] There were also several Sieges of Stirling Castle in the conflict, notably in 1304.[58]
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  • stirling is fantastic, looking forward to go back there in a couple of weeks
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  • whats not to like about Stirling. the castle is fantastic, as is Wallace's Momument, Bannockburn, Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, and LaCino 's (sp?), which is in Bridge of Alan.
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