The Battle of Loudoun Hill

10th May, 1307


Robert the Bruce faced a superior English force led by Aymer de Valence at Loudoun Hill in Ayrshire. Some accounts suggest Bruce had 600 men facing Valence's 3,000 but this is impossible to verify.

Bruce and his men took up a good position on boggy ground forcing the enemy to attack on a narrow front which compensated for Bruce's lower numbers. As the Scottish spearmen advanced the rear ranks of the English began to flee. The English were soundly beaten but Aymer de Valence managed to escape.

Bruce had been beaten the previous year at Methven by a force under the command of Valence and so this was sweet revenge. His campaign began to gain momentum after this victory and the excellent news that Edward I had died came just three months later.