The boggy Pelstream burn flowed across the Carse within high, steep banks thick with undergrowth and trees – an awkward obstacle for both cavalry and foot soldiers.
On 24 June, Edward’s army may have found themselves hemmed in between the Pelstream Burn and the Bannock Burn, unable to manoeuvre properly.
Much of the Pelstream Burn is channelled underground today. But if you walk east from St Ninian’s Kirk and through the underpass, you can still see the burn and traces of its gorge. Further east, the burn has probably been diverted from its 1314 route as it crosses the Carse.