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Battle of Methven


1306

A battle of the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Battle of Methven was fought on the 19th June 1306 between Robert the Bruce and an English army under Aymer de Valence (later the Earl of Pembroke). De Valence was the brother-in-law of John Comyn, who Bruce had killed at Greyfriars Church in Dumfries, and succeeded Comyn as King Edward I's man in Scotland. Bruce had crowned himself King of Scots on 25th March and Edward was determined to destroy him. Bruce and his army were surprised at Methven (to the west of Perth) and routed. Bruce barely escaped with his life and fled, taking refuge at St. Fillan's Priory.


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