The Battle of Sauchieburn

11th June, 1488


The Battle of Sauchieburn took place around two miles south of Stirling not far from the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. The fifteen year-old Prince James in the possession of a group of disaffected nobles attacked an army led by his father King James III. Not many reliable details of the battle still exist but it clearly went badly for James III and he was injured. In the aftermath of the battle the king was killed. Investigators at the time could offer no better explanation than "the King happinit to be slane" but one popular tale tells of the wounded king, having fallen from his horse, calling for a priest. A man approached who appeared to be a priest and stabbed the unfortunate king in the chest murdering him.

Despite being an unpopular king James III sallied forth from Stirling Castle with a decent army of up to 30,000 troops to face a rebel army of around 18,000. James rode into battle with the sword of Robert the Bruce but it did him little good and 13 days after this battle his son was crowned James IV.