It was he who recognised that Bannockburn was going badly wrong for the invaders and seeing the possibility of Edward’s death or capture, hastened the English king from the battlefield. Aided by Aymer de Valance, the second Earl of Pembroke, they tried first for the protection of Stirling  Castle but Sir Philip Mowbray was clear he would be surrendering the castle to The Scots. They then sped south, reportedly crossing the border into England while the train of their abandoned army was still filing out of Falkirk, some 15 miles from the scene of devastation.

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