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On This Day: The Battle of Roslin 1303

Wars of Scottish Independence

24 February 2017

 

English forces clashing with the Scots

 

On the 24th February 1303, a Scottish force under the command of John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (who Robert the Bruce would later murder) and Simon Fraser defeat an English army under the command of Sir John Segrave at Roslin, south of Edinburgh. The Scottish historian John of Fordun gives a wildly exaggerated account of the battle, claiming that it was the bloodiest battle ever to be fought in Scotland, with casualties of over 30,000. This can be discounted. The numbers present at Roslin probably did not exceed a few thousand on each side.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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