English defeated at Loudon Hill by Robert Bruce

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Robert I of Scotland, the great-grandson (four times removed) of David I, claimed the Scottish throne in the wake of the death of William Wallace in 1305, in defiance of English king Edward I's asserted rule over the country. After defeating and killing his political rival, John Comyn, in Dumfries in 1306, he was crowned King of Scotland at Scone. The first decade of his reign, however, was spent in fighting off the military resistance of Edward I's English army, finally gaining a decisive victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. He was defeated at the Battle of Methven in June 1306, and forced to flee. The Battle of Loudoun Hill represents Robert the Bruce's first real victory in his eight-year campaign to secure the throne of …

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Editors. "English defeated at Loudon Hill by Robert Bruce". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 July 2012
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