The Charge of Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham, at the Battle of Falkirk. This illustration is included in the 1873 book titled British Battles on Land and Sea, volume 1 (at page 50). The British Library uploaded the image—one of about a million other out-of-copyright images which are part of the BL’s “Mechanical Curator Collection”—to Flickr in December of 2013. Also online via Wikimedia Commons.


Using his most powerful weapon—the longbow—against the Scots, Edward I won a decisive victory at Falkirk in July, 1298. It didn't help the Scots that even Robert the Bruce, who had agreed to fight with Wallace, changed his mind and gave his support to Longshanks.

Wallace barely escaped with his life. Scottish forces and morale were decimated.

Because of his defeat at Falkirk, Wallace resigned as Guardian of Scotland. Not much is known about his whereabouts for the next several years. It is believed he went to the continent to gain support for Scottish independence, where he may have had discussions with European leaders, including the Pope.

Any efforts Wallace may have made to get help from England's greatest enemy, the French, failed when England and France agreed to peace. (The price of peace was high for a French princess: Her father gave her in marriage to Edward.)

Meanwhile, Edward strengthened his position in Scotland. His job was easier since the Scottish clans once again had a falling out with each other. Edward offered peace to all but William Wallace. For him, Longshanks reserved choice words:

No words of peace are to be held out to William Wallace in any circumstances whatsoever unless he places himself utterly and absolutely in our will. (See article on Wallace at Lanark Museum & The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum Trust.)

Wallace, of course, had no intention of doing anything of the sort.

0 Question or Comment?
click to read or comment
2 Questions 2 Ponder
click to read and respond
0 It's Awesome!
vote for your favorite

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Jun 18, 2019

To cite this story (For MLA citation guidance see easybib or OWL ):

"DEFEAT AT FALKIRK" AwesomeStories.com. May 01, 2001. Jan 29, 2020.
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Show tooltips