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Battle of Bannockburn 700th anniversary

June 23, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM

In 1314 the fate of both Scotland and England turned on the outcome of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the 700th anniversary, 23 to 24 Jun 2014, and for re-enactments described as "brutally realistic" on 28-30 Jun.The ruling Scottish National Party plans to use the 700th anniversary to stoke Scottish enthusiasm for a Yes vote on independence in Sep 2014, a vote that would end Scotland's 305-year political union with England. Scotland's relations with its larger neighbor have often been difficult, none more so than in the so-called wars of independence 700 years ago. They were led first by William Wallace and then Robert the Bruce. After other cross border disputes, including Scotland's defeat at Flodden by the English in 1513, the Scottish and English crowns were unified in 1603 when King James VI of Scotland became overall monarch of the British Isles.

The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 (BBC History)

Scottish independence: the essential guide (Guardian 16 Oct 2012)

Date written/update: 2013-11-20