Scottish history has been shaped and defined by a series of great battles--Bannockburn, Flodden and Culloden have a resonance and impact far beyond Scotland itself. In the first full military history for many years the author weaves chronicle, narrative, and analysis together in a masterly way, recreating the drama and passion of centuries past.
From Celtic warfare, the feudal hosts and the professional armies of the eighteenth century, to guerrilla warfare, pitched battles, sieges and Border reivers, Scotland is unique in having had almost every major type of warfare take place within its frontiers.
Includes detailed battle plans, and full background information, and sections on the development of warfare (tactics, equipment and styles of fighting).
List of Battle Plans
'We are not yet subdued': Mons Graupius, AD 84
The Four Peoples: Nechtansmere, 685
The House of Canmore: Carham, 1018
'Not for glory ... but for Freedom': Bannockburn, 1314
'A Douglas, a Douglas': Otterburn, 1388
The Rough Wooing: Flodden, 1513
Raids and Reivers: Ancrum Moor, 1545
The Paladin: Dunbar, 1650
The Killing Time: Killiecrankie, 1689
Blood on the Heather: Glencoe, 1692
Kings over the Water: Culloden, 1746
Postscript: The Thin Red Line
Notes on Sources