May 12, 2024


Movies have depicted the life of Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots, and the famous battle of Bannockburn, a pivotal moment in Scotland’s history. It was also significant for the future Lords of the Isles.  Angus Og Macdonald, Lord of Islay and father to John of Islay the first Lord of the Isles, was a friend of the Bruce and brought thousands of Islesmen to Bannockburn to aid in the fight against Edward III.   Angus and his kin were well rewarded with Lochaber, Ardnamurchan, Morvern, Duror and Glencoe, territory that was part of the Lordship of the Isles.

The battle was a face down between Robert the Bruce and the English army led by Edward II.  The site itself, from which there is an incredible view of Stirling Castle, is managed by the National Trust for Scotland which has done a marvelous job in presenting the story of the battle and the significance of it to Scotland’s eventual independence. The battle is well explained and brought to life by tour guides well versed in Scottish history of that period. The site is as hallowed as that of Culloden and well worth a visit.