Despite his 23 years, Gloucester was already high-ranking, wealthy and ambitious earl, one of three fighting for Edward II at Bannockburn. Ironically, he was related to both Edward and Bruce and favoured by the latter before war drove them apart. Bannockburn proved to be his nemesis. The signs were there on the first day of battle when he was ignominiously knocked from his horse in little more than a skirmish following Bruce’s killing of de Bohun.

On day two of the Battle - and determined to cancel out the previous day’s embarrassment, Gloucester incautiously led the charge of his cavalry division directly at the Scottish spearmen, with the inevitable result. In the aftermath of battle Bruce had his remains sent home for burial in Tewkesbury Abbey. Despite the final divisions between them, his death was regretted by Bruce.

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