King Edward Bruce Carrick IRELAND
- Born: Abt 1276, Carrick, Argyllshire, Scotland
- Married: Abt 1300
- Died: 14 Oct 1317-1318, Ulster, Tagher, Dundalk, Ireland
Another name for Edward was IRELAND King.
Ancestral File Number: 9G45-VT.
King of IRELAND 1314-1318.
A History of the Plantagenets, Vol III, The Three Edwards, Thomas B Costain, 1958, Doubleday & Co
p120: "...It was an illustrious company which assembled there to declare their support to the new leader [Robert Bruce, including]...the four brothers of Bruce- Edward, Nigel, Thomas, and Alexander..."
p169: "There isa reason why the indolent English king [Edward II] was compelled in 1314 to assemble the strongest army of the day and advance to fight the Scots at Bannockburn, which lies three miles south of the castle...Robert the Bruce and his valiant lieutenants, his sole remaining brother Edward, his friend the Black Douglas, Sir Robert Keith the marshal and the hardfighting Randolph, Earl of Moray, had all been so insistently at work that only three castles of any strength remained in the hands of the English...In 1313 the Black Douglas took Roxborough and Randolph captured Edinburgh by a daring climb up the steep rock. That left Stirling; and it fell to the lot of Edward Bruce, the most daring and ingenious of them all to lay siege to the granite towers on the precipitous hill...
"Edward [II] and his closest advisers had watched the confusion into which the army had fallen with bitter wonder and dismay. When the retreat from the hillside turned into a rout, Aymerde Valence, Earl of Pembroke, who knew a defeat when he saw one, having figured in many in his time, seized the reins of the king's horse. It was time for Edward to leave. Surrounded by the five hundred picked horsemen who served as the royal guard, they rode at a furious gallop around the left of the Scottish lines and cut north in the direction of Stirling Castle...they shook off a fierce attack by Edward Bruce...
"On other occasions Edward [II] had not shown much courage in battle, but now, perhaps in desperation, he showed some of the Plantagenet mettle. They encountered more pursuers and an effort was made to drag him from his horse. He beat the enemy off. With a mace, which became a lethal weapon in his strong hands, he cut his way through to safety..."
p177: "...Robert stove to make English realize the cost of war by striking fiercely at the border counties. As a further measure he sent troops into Ireland in an effort to divert the attention ofthe foe. Edward Bruce was put in command, and it was announced that the King of Scotland intended to raise his resourceful and ever daring younger brother to the Irish throne...
"The resourcefulness and daring of Edward Bruce were not equal to the task. He established his rule over Ulster and remained there until 1318, when he sallied out to attack a large English force in a particularly foolhardy mood and was defeated and killed..."
Ancestral File Ver 4.11 9G45-VT.
Edward married STRATHBOGIE about 1300.