Most people are familiar with references to Scottish battles such as Bannockburn and Flodden but know little if anything about those events. Rugby and soccer fans outside Scotland may wonder at the sign '1314' held up by Scottish fans and not know that it is the date of the Battle of Bannockburn when an English king was defeated on Scottish soil. The battle is also commemorated in Scotland's unofficial national anthem, 'The Flower of Scotland'. Battles fought on Scottish soil include those of the Scottish Wars of Independence, those occasioned by the English Civil Wars and the Jacobite Rebellions. This book tells the stories of these battles and many others fought in Scotland from the Roman victory at Mons Graupius in AD 83 to the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden Moor in 1746.
Roy Pugh is a native of Dunbar and a historian. His acclaimed biography of General Sir Reginald Wingate - Wingate Pasha - was published in 2011. His first book, The Deil's Ain (The Devil's Own) was a history of the Scottish witch-hunts of 1563 to 1727. This was followed by a major study of his native Dunbar, Swords, Loaves and Fishes: A History of Dunbar and Penny for the Gas: Growing Up in Dunbar in the 1940s and 1950s, an autobiographical account of his own boyhood. He has also written a trilogy of plays based on the witch trials in Edinburgh and East Lothian and a novel based on the 1745 rebellion, The White Rose and the Thorn Tree.