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Sunday, 11 July 2010

On this day in History... 11 July

1274 - Robert the Bruce was born in Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire.

The heir of the Earl of Carrick, Bruce's father was one of Scotland's leading nobles and his grandfather was one of the leading contenders to the throne left empty by the death of Margaret of Norway. After the death of William Wallace, Bruce led the campaign to regain Scottish independence, culminating in his stunning victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314.

You can read more about Robert the Bruce's achievements in Scottish Miscellany - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scotland, available soon from Skyhorse Publishing.

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