In 1314

Stirling Bridge was vital for anyone hoping to quickly move large armies around Scotland.  It was the main crossing point across the River Forth, effectively connecting the northern and southern parts of the kingdom.  Several battles fought during this period and even later were about ensuring control of this crossing point.  It was at Stirling Bridge that Andrew Moray and William Wallace famously defeated another English force in 1297.


Nothing remains of the bridge from 1297, but it lay just a few metres further upstream from the existing sixteenth-century Old Stirling Bridge.