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  • Sir William "Braveheart" Wallace, Kt. (1272 - 1305)
    Sir William Wallace Ellerslie (1272-1305), William was born at Ellerslie (Elderslie),which is in either Ayrshire or Renfrewshire, being the fact that there are two locations of this name. He was born s...

Battle of Kinclaven

Minor confrontation

William Wallace ambushed an English force which was moving from Perth to reinforce Kinclaven Castle. He pursued the force inside the castle which surrendered. The garrison were then killed and the castle burned.

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June 1297 ?1299


Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland


Scottish victory


Kingdom of Scotland

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  • Captives

Kingdom of England

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  • King Edward I
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  • Sir James Butler, the Governor
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Kinclaven Castle

- erected by Malcolm Canmore (1057-1093). It was captured by William Wallace in 1297. Royal castle, last used around 1450. Now very ruined.

"It is now a square enclosure measuring externally 130ft, with walls 7'6" thick. There were evidently towers, probably square, at each angle, and the courtyard was entered by narrow doors, parts of their rybats still remaining. The principal entrance was near the S end of the W side, and a postern was situated in the centre of the S front. There is no vestige of interior buildings. Indications of a ditch are visible in part, and there is an early reference to a drawbridge.

An inscribed plate states that the castle was taken and wrecked by Wallace in 1299, but was repaired again by 1335. It was purely a garrison castle, and must have been abandoned for many centuries judging from the old fruit trees growing in the courtyard. D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887 "

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"In June, 1297, King Edward I., in his progress northwards, visited Kinclaven, and stayed there one night. Shortly afterwards, with a handful of men, Wallace besieged and took the castle—“a castell wondyr wycht” —putting the entire garrison to the sword, including Sir James Butler, the Governor. "


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