From 1286 until 1320 we Scots had some troubles with our southern English neighbours
and their kings Edward I & II. Although many Scots dispute the accuracy
of the film Braveheart, I think it gives a reasonable picture of the
times. During his invasion of Scotland, in 1296 Edward I spent a night in Strathearn at
At Blackford William Wallace
is said to have defeated a small English force as they crossed the ford on the Allan Water.
Wallace's greatest hour, the
battle of Stirling Bridge, took place 15 kms south of Strathearn. On 11th
September 1297 an English army under the Earl of Surrey was caught attempting
to cross a narrow wooden bridge over the River Forth at Stirling. This force
was slaughtered and the strategically crucial fortress of Stirling Castle
fell to Wallace.