|Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 11, 2018 at 5:10 AM|
On this day (September 11) in 1297 the Scots defeated the English at the Battle of the Stirling Bridge. The Earl of Surrey, leading English forces, rejected advice to send cavalry to flank the Scots by using a ford two miles down the river that would have allowed his cavalry to cross en masse. Instead he utilized Stirling Bridge which was the safest point of crossing but was only wide enough to permit two men on horseback to cross side by side. The Scots permitted about two thousand men to cross and then attacked, cutting off further reinforcements from crossing the bridge and probably killing most of the two thousand men who had already crossed. The loss broke the confidence o the Earl of Surrey who destroyed the bridge and retreated.