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Robert The Bruce
Robert The Bruce will be forever held in Scottish folklore as the king who defeated the English to gain Scotland its independence from their over aggressive southerly neighbour. Robert was the eldest of ten siblings born into a wealthy land owning family and he was bestowed the title of the Earl Of Carrick. This was a feudal society and the Bruce clan had their enemies most notably John Comyn II the Earl of Buchan and his clan. The Bruce's had to flee Scotland to take refuge in Carlisle after the Comyns and their allies made a claim for the Scottish throne and seized Roberts fathers estates in Carrick and Annandale. The Comyn's attacked the walled city of Carlisle more in an attempt to kill the future king of Scotland than any attempt to wreak death and destruction upon any unfortunate Englishmen. Edward I of England struck back taking castle after castle and defeating king John at the battle of Dunbar and although the Bruces' got their estates back some things did not sit right with young Robert and he was to join the next uprising in 1297. Although defeated at the Battle Of Falkirk, Robert had felt the passion of battle when fighting for a common cause of independence and he was one of the few remaining rightful heirs to the Scottish throne. He still had a formidable rival in John Comyn III but despite the animosity between the two they tried to form an alliance against the English crown although trust was always an issue. On a visit to England Bruce received a message that Longshanks (Edward I) men were coming for him, he escaped just in time and suspected betrayal by Comyn. He arranged a meeting with his old adversary and supposedly ally at Greyfriars Church, Dumfries and after a heated argument swords were drawn and it was the Bruce clan who were the only men left standing that day in Greyfriars. Within six weeks Bruce was crowned King Of The Scots but still his struggle would continue for 8 years until the epic and culminative Battle Of Bannockburn where the English were put to the Scottish sword and Bruce was to look forward to a further 15 years of peaceful rule until his 1329 death. Great leaders who influence their people with their actions will see the same people hang off their every word deciphering its exact meaning for motivation and inspiration. So here is my compilation of 10 of the best Robert The Bruce quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Robert Bruce
  • Born: 11th July 1274, Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Died: 7th June 1329, Cardross, River Leven, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Title: Before being crowned The King Of The Scots he was known by the title 'The Earl Of Carrick'
  • Occupation: Rebel leader and King Of Scotland
  • Coronation: 13th March 1306 at Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
  • Reign: He was King Of The Scots for 23 years until his death in June 1329
  • Legacy: Statues of Bruce have been set into the entrance walls of both Stirling and Edinburgh castles. Many other statues are located at various towns and cities across Scotland
  • Legend: While the king was laying low after the defeat at the 1305 Battle of Methven he observed a spider failing but relentlessly continuing in spinning its web to the caves ceiling until it finally succeeded. He drew from this the inspiration to continue and never give up the fight for independence
  • Executed: During the fight for independence the English captured and executed three of his brothers Thomas, Alexander and Neil with the latter suffering the gruesome fate of being hanged, drawn and quartered
  • Trivia: At the start of the Battle Of Bannockburn Robert The Bruce was said to have broken his axe whilst engaged in battle with an unfortunate English knight called Sir Henry de Bohun whose iron helmet and skull were both split in two
  • Sir Hugh de Cressingham, the treasurer of the English administration in Scotland was quoted as saying to Edward I about Bruce: "If you had the earl of Carrick, the Steward of Scotland and his brother...you would think your business done"

"Historians in England will say I am a liar. But history is written by those who have hanged heroes"

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"To the most serene prince the lord Edward by God’s grace illustrious king of England, Robert by the same grace king of Scots, greeting in Him through whom the thrones of those who rule are governed"

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"Our humbleness has led us, to beseech your highness more devoutly so that, you would take pains to cease from our persecution and the disturbance of the people of our kingdom"

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"After the beheading, William Wallace's body was torn to pieces. His head was set on London Bridge, his arms and legs sent to the four corners of Britain as a warning"

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"We fight not for glory, nor for wealth, nor honour but only and alone for freedom which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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"If it accords with your will to have a discussion with us on these matters, may your royal sublimity send word in writing to us, by the bearer of this letter"

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"The devastation and the spilling of a neighbour’s blood may henceforth stop"

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"When, under the sweetness of peace, the minds of the faithful find rest"

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"No man holds his own flesh and blood in hatred, and I am no exception"

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"If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again"

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