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Visit Stirling Bridge and Stay at the Terraces Hotel

The Terraces Hotel Stirling Centrally located in the historic district of Stirling, set in the heart of a tree lined Georgian terrace, once the former home of merchants. Ideal location as a base from which to explore this ancient city and Is but a short distance from this most pivotal crossing point in Scottish History.

Poem in Bower’s Scotichronicon on the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

For this reason the Scots adopted a stout heart at the instigation of William Wallace, who taught them to fight, so that those whom the English nation held as living captives might be made renewed Scots in their own homeland,... Hence in the year one thousand three hundred less three time one the Scots vanquished the English, whom they put into mourning for death, as the bridge bears witness, where the great battle is recorded, which lies beyond Stirling on the River Forth.’

Battle of Stirling Bridge, 11th September 1297.

At dawn the English and Welsh infantry start to cross only to be recalled due to the fact that their leader, Warenne, has overslept. Again they cross the bridge and again they are recalled: as Warenne believes the Scots might finally negotiate. Two Dominican friars are sent to Wallace to acquire his surrender and return shortly afterwards with William Wallace's first recorded speech:

"Tell your commander that we are not here to make peace but to do battle, defend ourselves and liberate our kingdom. Let them come on, and we shall prove this in their very beards."

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Terraces Hotel, 4 Melville Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ND

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