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Siege of Roxburgh Castle
Part of Wars of Scottish Independence
LocationRoxburgh Castle, Scotland
55°35′46″N 2°27′25″W / 55.596°N 2.457°W / 55.596; -2.457Coordinates: 55°35′46″N 2°27′25″W / 55.596°N 2.457°W / 55.596; -2.457
Result Scottish victory
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Kingdom of Scotland
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Kingdom of England
Commanders and leaders
James Douglas, Lord of Douglas William de Fiennes
Unknown, inferior to the English Thousands
Casualties and losses
Low High

The Siege of Roxburgh was a siege that took place in 1313. It was a major conflict in the First War of Scottish Independence. Sir James Douglas, Lord of Douglas, after his victory over the Clan MacDougall had been capturing several castle back from England, but the mere thought of taking Roxburgh Castle was one that daunted him. It was on impregnable ground, and was guarded well. He and Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland disguised their few men as cows, so the garrison was unaware of their presence. Then they used ladders to climb to the top. Then they took the castle by total surprise. They inflicted heavy casualties on the garrison, including wounding their leader in the face with an arrow. This siege was a prelude to the Battle of Bannockburn.[1]


  1. Charles Arnold-Baker (2001). "The companion to British history". p. 426. 

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