Robert the Bruce is Scotland’s greatest national hero.
Where Wallace was to fail in the struggle against English domination, Bruce was to succeed.
His qualities of leadership, pre-eminent fighting skills, unfailing courage and, perhaps most importantly, his humanity, eventually saw the majority of Scots fall in behind his campaign.
Bannockburn is often hailed his greatest achievement. In military terms it certainly was. But Bruce must be remembered for one of the most important documents ever produced in Europe, The Declaration of Arbroath.
Above all he gained Scotland her independence, just months before he died.
Bruce was a man loved by his supporters; and a man to whom Scotland is still in debt.
Photography & collage: The Creative Minds