Bute author launches his last Bannockburn book

Local author William Scott signs copies of Bruce's Genius Battle, his latest book on Bannockburn, at Rothesay Library.
Local author William Scott signs copies of Bruce's Genius Battle, his latest book on Bannockburn, at Rothesay Library.

The sixth and last in a series of books on the battle of Bannockburn by Bute author William Scott was launched this week.

Bruce’s Genius Battle is the first reconstruction of the famous battle of June 24, 1314, in which Robert the Bruce led his Scots army to victory over the much larger English forces led by King Edward II.

Told in story form, each of the battle’s significant moves is justified in the endnotes which accompany the story, illustrated by 12 maps of the different stages in the battle.

The book is Mr Scott’s latest demonstration of the evidence he has uncovered in the course of some six hundred visits to the battle site, which together have led him to conclude that the battle was fought in the Carse of Balquhiderock, about a mile and a half to the north-east of the site where a heritage centre and statue to Bruce were erected in the 1960s.

Bruce’s Genius Battle follows in the footsteps of Mr Scott’s other books on the subject - The Bannockburn Years (1998), which won the Constable Trophy in 1997, Bannockburn Revealed (2000), Bannockburn Proved (2005), and The Genius of Bannockburn (2012), the last followed by a Genius Summary, published in the same year.