Robert the Bruce 1274 - 1329 - Edward II's desire to conquer Scotland looked like a strong possibility. Bruce seized his chance of the throne in 1306 and was crowned on Easter Day of that year at Scone. His early days as King did not go well and after a defeat at Perth he spent over a year in hiding. When Bruce reappeared he was determined to lead the cause for Scottish independence and on Mid-summer's Day 1314 he defeated the mighty army of Edward II at Bannockburn
Writer Mary Wollstonecraft was famous for defending women's rights, as well as for her unconventional personal life. A frank biography published by her husband William Godwin after her death, which revealed, among other things, that she had borne a child out of wedlock, provoked outrage.
the battle scarred (reconstructed) face of a medieval knight killed in battle some 700 years ago and buried under the floor of a chapel at Stirling Castle. The remains are probably those of Sir John de Stricheley who died in 1341, when the English held the castle. He dies in his mid-20s, probably from a Scottish arrow. Fascinating!