BANNOCKBURN has long been heralded as Scotland’s finest victory over the English.
The battle has been celebrated in verse and song ever since Robert the Bruce defied the odds to send King Edward II’s army “hameward tae think again” in 1314.
However, a historian now claims the credit lies not just with the Scots but with a band of Templar knights from overseas.
He said Bruce progressed with unusual speed from small encounters with the English to a full-blown battle at Bannockburn with an army that had been well-trained in the latest techniques of the time. This, he says, was the work of the exiled Templar knights…