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Braveheart
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James Horner & London Symphony Orchestra - Braveheart - Falkirk

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The Battle of
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Battlefield Band - Opening Moves - The Battle of Falkirk Muir

Duncan Chisholm
and Ivan Drever

The Battle of Falkirk
Duncan Chisholm & Ivan Drever - The Lewis Blue - The Battle of Falkirk


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Travelodge Falkirk Hotel, West Beancross Farm, Junction 5 M9, Falkirk, FK2 0XS, Scotland. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

The Falkirk area has been of great strategic importance since the construction of the Antonine Wall between the Firths of Forth and Clyde in Roman times. Many of the best visible remains of the Romans in Scotland are in the Falkirk Area. Two major battles took place at Falkirk: The Battle of Falkirk (1298) fought on July 22, saw the defeat of William Wallace by King Edward I. The second Battle of Falkirk took place in 17th January, 1746 between the Jacobites, under Bonnie Prince Charlie, and a government army commanded by Lieutenant General Henry Hawley. Hawley was defeated. In the 18th century the area served as the cradle of Scotland's industrial revolution, becoming the earliest major centre of the iron-casting industry: to this day, cast-iron cooking pots are known in Zimbabwe as "falkirks". The area was at the forefront of canal construction when the Forth and Clyde Canal opened in 1790. The Union Canal (1822) provided a link to Edinburgh and early railway development followed in the 1830s and 1840s. In the course of time, trunk road and motorways followed the same national strategic corridors through the Falkirk area. A large brickworks was set up at this time, owned by the Howie family. A chiefly branch of the Campbells of Craignish settled here in the 19th century and built several large houses, including Craigenhall.

 

Falkirk: A History For centuries Falkirk's key position at the heart of Scotland has ensured its central role in the nation's history. Roman legions, Highland cattle drovers, canal builders, and ironmasters have all left their mark on a district associated in turn with William Wallace, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, unrivalled skill in ironfounding and the fertility of the carse brought prosperity to the town and to the nearby villages. The decline associated with steady economic and social change in the last half-century has given way to a growing self-confidence and to real programmes of urban and industrial renewal. There is an awakening of interest in the history of the area, helped in no small way by the restoration of the canals and the construction of the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift. This book gives a fully revised and comprehensive account of Falkirk's fascinating history.

Stirling Bridge and Falkirk 1297-98: William Wallace's Rebellion (Osprey Campaign) The death of King Alexander III of Scotland and his only direct descendant Margaret, "Maid of Norway", triggered a succession crisis in Scotland. King Edward I of England was asked to arbitrate. This work covers how Edward's attempts to undermine Scottish independence led to Scottish unrest. In May 1297 William Wallace murdered the Sheriff of Lanark, sparking open revolt. Defeating the English at Stirling Bridge, Wallace led his men into battle with the returned Edward I at Falkirk on 22 July 1298. Amid accusations of treachery, Wallace's spearmen were practically annihilated, leading to Wallace's execution and a re-establishment of Scottish control by Edward and his men.



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