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Facts and Events
Thomas Randolph and the War For Scottish Independence
had moved a few yards from the road to better ground. Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray (for Scotland) and some of his men moved forward with the short bow Ettrick Archers, the main body staying by St. Ninians. Edward Bruce (for Scotland) advanced eastward from the road, his brother Robert the Bruce (for Scotland) was facing south across the pot holes and the burn. The people of the nearby villages and much of Scotland had come to see the battle, and Bruce moved them (they also became known as camp followers), to the woods behind Coxet Hill in the heart of the New Park, safely behind the Steward's Sheltron and the Gillies (Highlanders) secret reserve on Coxet Hill, and the main Highland reserve on Gillies Hill. Douglas and Robert II Keith, Marischal of Scotland returned from a reconnoiter of the advancing English army around noon. They had gone south through the Torwood, Douglas leading the way quietly, stealthily through the forest. What they saw startled them. A great column of horse and foot, two miles long and approaching on either side of the old Falkirk road.
has come to battle.
, commanded the vanguard at Battle of Bannockburn , which was stationed about a mile to the south of Stirling, near the church of St. Ninian, while the King Robert the Bruce commanded the rearguard at the entrance to the New Park.
's vanguard tactics that day was to employ a Circular Sheltron . Ettrick Archers in-between them.
Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray (died 20 July 1332) was Regent of Scotland, an important figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence, and is named second of those in whose names the Barons' Letter to Pope John XXII, commonly known as the Declaration of Arbroath, was sent.