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Message started by David Morningstar on Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:08am

Title: Slings used against the Scots, 1303
Post by David Morningstar on Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:08am
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=BL5rimk3KbQC&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=sling&source=bl&ots=ykKlAD-JNm&sig=5Ki7EHLFfm-piB-qAYvyFLjclME&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RSsRUcTdEoSU0QWT2YDIBg&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAjgK#v=onepage&q=sling&f=false


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Brechin Castle Hon. W. Maule of Panmure - This castle is of great antiquity, admired for its romantic situation on the top of a precipitous rock washed by the S. Esk, was bravely defended by Sir Thomas Maule against the English army in the reign of the Bruce but was obliged to surrender on Sir Thomas being slain by a stone from a sling.


http://www.brechin-angus.co.uk/brechin/history/h_sir.htm


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Sir Thomas Maule held Brechin Castle in the face of a large English army of war-experienced troops and siege weapons including the fearsome 'Warwolf' which could hurtle massive stones with considerable velocity. Sir Thomas refused to surrender impressing even the enemy with his courage and audacity. Matthew of Westminster remarked how he so inspired his men and mocked the enemy by leisurely walking the battlements 'dusting' with a piece of cloth where they had been damaged by the missiles. While his daring had been morale boosting for his men, it was more than commensurately demoralizing when he was struck by one of the missiles. Mortally injured, he urged his men not to yield but his exhortations were ignored and capitulation followed swiftly on his death. Nevertheless, the garrison had held against the English for some twenty days.


Title: Re: Slings used against the Scots, 1303
Post by timu on Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:41am
Hmmm, I just googled Sir Thomas Maule, different sources say he was hit by the siege engine rather than a sling. I prefer to believe he was hopefully killed by a slinger. I am biased though.

Title: Re: Slings used against the Scots, 1303
Post by David Morningstar on Feb 5th, 2013 at 2:56pm

He could easily have seen and dodged a shot from a large siege engine.

Title: Re: Slings used against the Scots, 1303
Post by curious_aardvark on Feb 6th, 2013 at 6:51am
hee hee - oh yeah what's that line in the national anthem:

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   Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
   May by thy mighty aid,
   Victory bring.
   May he sedition hush,
   and like a torrent rush,
   Rebellious Scots to crush,
   God save the King.


These days the internecine wars between the british peoples are mainly conducted on the rugby pitch.
Where we still stuff the scots on a regular basis :-)
Last saturday being just the latest six nations defeat for the scots :thumb:

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