March 25, 1306. Robert the Bruce is crowned king of Scotland.
Robert the Bruce was the Earl of Carrick and Lord of Annandale, two prominent areas in Scotland at the time. In addition to being a nobleman, he was an able-bodied soldier and leader who fought against the English army on many occasions. As the son of a powerful nobleman, Robert had an influential family, which made him a key figure in the politics of Scotland at the time.
The Battle of Stirling Bridge was one of the decisive moments in Robert the Bruce’s rise to power. In 1297, King Edward I of England led an army to the city of Stirling, located near the Scottish border, in order to subdue the Scots. In a daring act, Robert the Bruce and a small force of his soldiers successfully repelled the larger English army, proving the courage and determination of the Scots in defending their country. This victory against England earned Robert a great deal of support amongst the Scottish people and his star quickly began to rise.
Despite the popularity of Robert, there was some resistance to his ascension as king. Several prominent nobles had the same claims to the throne, and a parliament was convened to decide the matter. Robert ultimately won out in this election, with a decisive majority of the Scottish people voting to crown him as King of Scots.
On March 25, 1306, Robert the Bruce was officially crowned as king of Scotland in a ceremony at Scone Abbey. During his coronation, Bruce was presented with Scotland’s Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of the nation’s sovereignty, and thus began his long reign.
During his twenty-five-year reign, Robert the Bruce successfully led Scotland to independence from England and ended the war for Scottish sovereignty. He signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which affirmed the rights of the Scottish people and affirmed that the throne of Scotland was theirs alone. Robert the Bruce was beloved by his people, and his reign is widely considered to be one of the most successful in Scottish history.