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Robert the Bruce, father of a nation

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In the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, near Loch Trool, is a stone.



It marks the place of a battle that took place in the First War of Scottish Independence in March 1307. The man who led the Scottish troops was Robert the Bruce, recently made King Robert the first of Scotland after killing his only rival at Greyfriars Kirk in Dumfries. The Bruce won the battle because he knew the terrain and people. The south-west of Scotland was his home and he spoke Galwegian Gaelic. It was the beginning of the re-birth of Scotland as a nation. Eventually, the army of Edward the second was routed at Bannockburn.


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