Some of the Highland forces were ragged, undisciplined but of a fearsome prospect when charging over a hill waving their clan banners. This chaotic approach would not win the main battle Bruce won on the basis of his troop’s preparation, careful training and tight control. Notice also that Bruce kept the battle reserves closely under his own control.
So could the “wee folk” be the Highland Clansmen who could not get into the main body of the fight, whom Bruce released at the right moment to destroy the remnants of the English army? It is entirely probable.
THE TEMPLAR CONNECTION IS A FABLE INVENTED TO MAKE THE DEFEATED ENGLISH LOOK BETTER
No reputable Scottish mediaeval historian believes that an organised body of Templar Knights, fighting monks, formally helped at Bannockburn. The Templars had been disbanded, they were on the run in Europe, they would be burnt if caught by the English because they had no personal money of their own and were useless for ransom, Bruce’s reputation with the Pope would be worse that it was. Templar banners? Never.
Originally, they were the most disciplined of fighting men, some Scots Knights may have fought at Acre in 1291 when they were driven out of the Holy Land. But in 1314 they were a spent force. Any fighting Knights would be elderly. There were up to 100 Templar properties in Scotland from which they drew rents, many set up in the time of David 1st. But there were few fighting Knights left, if any, probably less than 100
The Templars had a rule that they could not fight in nationalist wars. As Templars, the Knights were forbidden to kill other Christians, only infidels.
Scots historians of the Mediaeval period are violently opposed to the Templar Bannockburn stories, claiming that they were invented by the French Masonic movement in the 16th century and romanticised by the Victorians.
Certainly Bruce was very religious as was the custom of the day. But equally, there are no chroniclers of the period reporting Templar involvement in the Battle.
So many volunteers turned up for the Scots, that Bruce had to turn them away because he could not feed them all. But it is inconceivable that the Templars helped, however romantic the story sounds. The Victorian romanticists such as Sir Walter Scott have a lot to answer for, in distorting history.
Epilogue. Bruce’s heart taken on a Crusade.
Templars survived to become the Freemasons movement to-
In the ancient tradition of Celtic High Kings, the heart of the Bruce was removed
from his body after death. By his wish it was carried to the Spanish Crusade by his
great friend and ally Sir James Douglas, and The Scottish Grand Master Templar, a
Sinclair. They both died there while Bruce’s heart was thrown into the Muslim horde.
Later it was recovered and is to-
I am indebted to Dr. Chris Brown Phd, Scottish mediaeval battle historian for correcting the massive error in the story of the Battle of Bannockburn and the fable of the Knights Templar helping Bruce in his victory.
The facts: In 1314 Robert the Bruce’s brother Edward Bruce made an agreement with
the Commander of the vital Stirling Castle -
THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN
No one knows for sure the true size of the forces involved. Best guess is 20,000
English and 7,000 Scots. It is agreed that the Scots were massively out-
The Scots were very cunning indeed. They knew the ground and they knew their foe would expect an easy victory. The Scots had chosen their defensive positions with care making use of bogs, a gorge and sloping terrain. Their troops were strongly prepared and fully trained. After a skirmish on the first day, the battle raged on day two. The English could not deploy properly on the narrow front and Bruce's spearmen held firm.
The Scots attacked before dawn, catching the English by surprise in their camp. The Scots advanced on foot, another surprise, drawing in the English horsemen. Another fable pointed out by Dr. Brown is the widely held theory propagated by the Victorian storytellers, that the Scots had dug ditches during the night, and the English knights impaled themselves on the Scottish pikes. How do you dig ditches in the night without disturbing the enemy, and how do you stop your own troops from falling in as they advance?
The English archers, behind their own cavalry shot some of their own Knights in the back and were ordered to stop.
WERE THE RAGGED CLANSMEN THE “WEE FOLK” ?
As the day progressed the English began to lose the struggle. Towards the end the
remaining English forces ran off, when they saw a large crowd of so-
But there is considerable argument about this. It must have been the first time that a big army ran away from camp followers. This would have been the first time that camp followers ever banners announcing their presence. Something odd here. Very, very odd.
Using common sense, how about this? The impending battle was known all over Scotland for 4 months in advance. All Scots clans wanted to join in. Bruce was close to the Islesmen of Argyll and the West coast clans, very close. They had saved him countless times from those hunting him. Most of the big clans took part in the main Battle. The MacDonalds, for example from this time onwards until Culloden 330 years later, would claim a position on the right flank of Highland armies as of right. (That’s on the odd occasion when they fought on the side of the Scottish Crown!)