Robert the Bruce

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Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce was a King of Scotland, who defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn.


After the Battle of Bannockburn, to thank his Irish ally, Cormac Maccarthy, for his help, Robert gave him a piece of the Stone of Destiny, which Cormac took back home to Ireland.

One Scottish patriot who fought alongside Robert was none other than fellow King, Macbeth mac Findlaech. Whether or not Robert the Bruce was fully aware of Macbeth's true (and long-lived) identity, remains to be revealed. ("Rock of Ages")


Real World Background

Robert the Bruce was King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329. Originally an ally of Edward I against King John Balliol of Scotland, he later changed sides to join the rebellion of the Scots against the English invaders. At one point during his struggle against the English, he was forced into hiding; legend says that Robert almost considered giving up the fight until he saw a spider spinning its web, and after many difficulties and setbacks completing its work, whereupon he decided that if the spider could persevere and triumph, so could he. Robert finally triumphed over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn, and ruled for many years thereafter.

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