Who were they?

Below the rank of knight were the pages, squires and sergeants. Among their number were the sons of nobility - knights who were learning their trade.

In addition, there were servants and boys, who assisted the cavalrymen, tending to their horses and maintaining their armour in good condition.

At Bannockburn

A number of squires probably lost their lives defending their lords on the battlefield. One source recounts how, after De Bohun’s fatal clash with Bruce on 23 June, his squire was killed as he stood defending his lord's body.

Numerous other squires may have been killed either fighting or drowning in the Bannock Burn as they tried to escape. Others who were captured would have had to pay ransom fees to regain their freedom, though at a cheaper rate than the knights.