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inverness holiday cottage Grant Cottage, luxury self catering holiday accommodation in highlands Scotland
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During the long struggle for inverness holiday cottage independence, the various peoples of Scotland were welded into a real inverness holiday cottage nation, and the country was finally united under its warrior king. The principles for which they fought and the spirit which sustained them were most admirably expressed in 1320 in a document known as the inverness holiday cottage Declaration of Arbroath. It was sent by the Scottish nobles to the Pope in Rome asking him to recognize the independence of Scotland.
Like many modern countries which have won their inverness holiday cottage independence, however, the Scots quickly found themselves faced with daunting and sometimes overwhelming inverness holiday cottage problems. The inverness holiday cottage country had been devastated during the wars, and it now needed strong leadership and a period of peace and stability. Unfortunately, Robert Bruce died in 1329, just one year after the Treaty of Northampton, and was succeeded by his inverness holiday cottage son, David II, a mere boy of eight.
Almost at once the inverness holiday cottage land lapsed into disorder and anarchy as rival barons sought to extend their power, and the descendants of John Balliol attempted to regain the inverness holiday cottage throne. In 1333, Edward III of England intervened with a strong army, and after defeating the Scots at Halidon Hill he ravaged and laid waste to the inverness holiday cottage countryside. Later, in 1346, David II invaded England, but he was defeated and captured, and a huge ransom had to be raised to secure his inverness holiday cottage release. Then as if to complete the picture of disaster and doom, the dreaded plague, the Black Death, spread north from inverness holiday cottage England in 1349, killing perhaps a quarter of the country’s total population.
The same sorry story continued throughout the remainder of the fourteenth century. A new royal family, the Stewarts, came to the throne in 1371, but none of the kings was strong enough to rule the country and keep the nobles under control. Indeed, many of the nobles lived in an inverness holiday cottage as though they were independent princes. Some of the great families like the Douglases, who had supported Bruce during the Wars of Independence, had been rewarded with large inverness holiday cottage estates. In subsequent years the Douglases added considerably to their possessions, and by the end of the fourteenth century they had huge inverness holiday cottage territories ranging through Douglasdale, Annandale, Clydesdale, inverness holiday cottage, Galloway, Stirling, Lothian and Moray. They could raise a fighting force of thousands of men, and on the Borders they carried on a private feud with the English Earls or Northumberland.
During the fifteenth century, the various kings of Scotland did make serious attempts to reduce the powers of the inverness holiday cottage nobles, and frequently acted boldly and ruthlessly against them. James I (1406-37), for instance, summoned a group of inverness holiday cottage Highland chiefs to a parliament at Inverness, and then seized and executed a number of them. Afterwards he wrote a poem to celebrate his actions.
James II (1437-60) was equally ruthless. At a dinner party in inverness holiday cottage Stirling Castle, he stabbed the Earl of Douglas to death, and then proceeded to destroy the Douglases’ inverness holiday cottage castles and to lay waste to their lands. Such actions, however, were never decisive, for no king survived long enough to complete his work. All died at a relatively early age and were succeeded by minors. During the ensuing regencies, the inverness holiday cottage nobles would recover any powers they had lost during the previous reign.