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About Bannockburn

  • Contained by: Stirling
  • Time zone(s): Greenwich Mean Time
  • Events: Battle of Bannockburn

Bannockburn (Scottish Gaelic Allt a' Bhonnaich) is a village immediately south of the city of Stirling in Scotland. It is named after the Bannock Burn, a burn (small stream) running through the village before flowing into the River Forth. Land in the vicinity of Bannockburn village, probably between the Pelstream and Bannock burns, was the site of the Battle of Bannockburn fought in 1314 — one of the pivotal battles of the 13th/14th century Wars of Independence between the kingdoms of Scotland and England. A large monument and visitor centre is located near the site of the battle. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the Wilson family, of Bannockburn, designed and wove tartans for the British army. Many of the so-called Clan tartans were created by the Wilsons in response to the needs of the Clan chiefs who, without their own authentic tartans, approached the Wilsons for suitable patterns. The visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822, and his insistence that the Clan chiefs attend his banquets and levees in their Clan tartans, prompted this reaction. The Wilson family ceased business in 1924. A circular-arch stone bridge, built by engineer Thomas Telford, spans the burn

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