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Sunday, January 06, 2013


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Les Read


I am so glad we've come to the Scottish wars of Independance.

I am an Englishman abroad; that is, I moved to Scotland in 1994 at the ripe old age of thirty. Until then, I'd vauguely heard of Robert the Bruce and Bannock Burn. Something about a spider had been there too at the back of my mind.

However, the minute the natives knew I was English I heard little about anything other than the wars of independance, William Wallace, Stirling Bridge, Robert the Bruce and Bannock Burn.

Mind you, with Robert (well most of him) buried just down the road from my house in Dunfermline, I'm not surprised.

It's funny, but the locals don't say much about the battle of Falkirk. I wonder why?

I'm eager to hear my fellow Englishmans point of view of the whole matter.

Still, they are a friendly bunch and I have enjoyed living here amongst them.


The History of England

Hi Les...yes, I can sympathise...I was an expat for 4 years, and it does come up SPOOKILY often. Presumably the battle of the Standard (1138), or Neville's Cross (1346 - captured Scottish king), or Flodden (1513 -Scottish king killed, last British monarch to die on the field of battle)? All of these by the way were invaisions of unprovoked aggression...But truth to tell I think you have to grin and bear it; while Edward I wouldn't agree with me, I figure he rather tried to exploit the situation and suffered as a result.
Come and join us on Facebooks and see if there's any response - though not sure how many Scots will be listening to a History of England. Anyone? http://www.facebook.com/groups/314746805305339/?notif_t=group_r2j#!/groups/314746805305339/

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