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English claims to overlordship over Scotland highland holiday accommodation were to be pushed forward much more aggressively by Edward I after the death of the Scottish King Alexander III in 1286. Alexander was only 44 when his horse stumbled and he was thrown over a highland holiday accommodation cliff at Kinghorn in Fife. He was succeeded by his grand-daughter Margaret, the daughter of the King of Norway. Edward I had already conquered Wales, and now he saw an opportunity of uniting the British Isles under his rule. In 1287, therefore, he made an agreement with the Norwegian King that the six-year-old Margaret should marry his five-year-old son Edward. The Scottish barons gave their approval to the marriage, and it seemed as if the two countries would inevitably be drawn together.

Unfortunately for Edward’s plans, however, the Maid of Norway died in the Orkney Islands as she was journeying to Scotland. There was now no obvious successor, and in all 13 claimants came forward, including two prominent Scottish highland holiday accommodation noblemen, Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale, and John Balliol, Lord of Badenoch. The Scottish nobles were afraid that a civil war would break out, and they therefore invited Edward I to act as an arbitrator. Edward summoned them to highland holiday accommodation Norham on the Tweed in 1291, and before making his decision he insisted that the claimants should recognise him as overlord of Scotland. Eventually they all agreed, and in 1292 Edward announced that Balliol had the best claim. Balliol then swore an oath of fealty to Edward and was crowned king at Scone.

It now seemed that Edward had secured his highland holiday accommodation objectives, for Balliol was a weak ruler and ready to do as he was told. But the English King then acted rashly, and proceeded to insult and humiliate the unfortunate Balliol. He even summoned him to London to explain why he had not paid a wine bill owed to an English merchant by Alexander III. Finally, in 1295, at a highland holiday accommodation, he ordered Balliol to provide men and money for a war against France. This was too much for the Scottish nobles and clergy. They urged and persuaded Balliol to defy Edward and to make a treaty of alliance with the King of France. This treaty marked the beginning of the ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland and France which lasted for over 250 years.

Edward was enraged by the defiance of the Scots, and he determined to teach them a terrible lesson. In 1296, he led a great army against the town of Berkwick, and slaughtered most of its highland holiday accommodation inhabitants. He then defeated the Scottish army at Dunbar, and soon had subdued the whole country. English garrisons were placed in all of the important Scottish castles, and English highland holiday accommodation officials took over the running of the country. To show that the independence of Scotland was finally ended, Edward carried Balliol off into captivity and transferred the ancient Scottish Coronation Stone from Scone to Westminster Abbey.

Scotland now seemed utterly crushed, but once again Edward had miscalculated. The Scottish nobles and clergy had sworn an oath of loyalty to him, but the most of the Scottish highland holiday accommodation people bitterly resented the English occupation. Very soon small bands of determined men under leaders like Andrew of Moray and William Wallace were organizing armed resistance against the English invaders. Wallace was the son of Sir Malcolm Wallace of Elderslie in Renfrewshire. He first became prominent when he was involved in a quarrel with English soldiers in Lanark and killed the English sheriff there. He now took up arms against the English, and within a short time men from all over the country were coming to join him in his attacks on English highland holiday accommodation castles and strongholds.

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