THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
MAY 10TH, 1307
The Battle of Loudoun Hill was fought between a Scots force led by King Robert the Bruce and the English commanded by Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke. It took place in Ayrshire, and ended in a victory for the Bruce, his first major military victory. A frontal charge by the English knights was stopped by the king’s spearmen militia and the English began to flee in panic. A hundred or more were killed in the battle, though Aymer de Valence managed to escape. Seven years later King Robert defeated another English force under Edward II at the pivotal Battle of Bannockburn.