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The Struggle for Scottish Independence


William Wallace  (1272? - 1305) was a courageous Scottish patriot who led the quest for Scottish independence from England.  He was brutally executed in 1305 by King Edward I of England for treason, although he had never sworn allegiance to the crown.  For nine long years after his death, Robert Bruce carried on the struggle for Scottish independence, and finally defeated the English army in a great battle at Bannnockburn in 1314.  But hostilities raged on between England and Scotland for fourteen more years under the incompetent King Edward II of England.  After his resignation and death, his son Edward III finally recognized Scottish independence, and the right of Robert Bruce to the Scottish throne.   Bruce died the following year and was succeeded by his son, David Bruce.  The four major protagonists surrounding the quest for Scottish independence were William Wallace, and Robert Bruce of Scotland, and  Edward I and Edward II of England.  They all died within twenty-four years of each other between 1305 and 1329.

William Wallace
died  1305
wrongly executed for treason
Edward  I  
died 1307 
died of natural causes
Edward   II
died  1327
murdered after abdicating the throne
Robert Bruce 
1329
died of natural causes

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