From the Roman period to the Jacobite rebellions and beyond, the battles fought across these isles have led to dramatic turning points in history. In many cases their impact is still relevant today as they have contributed to the shaping of British laws, institutions and our concepts of identity. This site aims to provide detail on those battles, including interpretation of the action, to aid visitors in their quest to explore and understand these significant events.
In early 1306 Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick gambled all on a rebellion against Edward I. He murdered his rival, Sir John Comyn, and was crowned King of Scotland. However, the campaign did not start well when an English force under Aymer de Valence virtually destroyed Bruce’s fledgling army at the Battle of Methven (1306).
Bryn Glas (1402)
The Battle of Bryn Glas (1402) was fought between the forces of Owain Glyndŵr and Sir Edmund Mortimer. The Welsh had raided deep into the latter's territory and the English followed in hot pursuit but were decisively defeated when Glyndŵr's men turned to fight. Mortimer was captured and later changed sides contributing to the destabilisation of Henry IV's regime.
Powick Bridge (1642)
Throughout Summer 1642 both King and Parliament started mustering military forces in anticipation of civil war. As the two armies grew in size, an engagement between them became inevitable and it finally occurred at the Powick Bridge on 23 September 1642. As Parliamentary forces attempted to intercept a Royalist convoy leaving Worcester, they were attacked and defeated by Prince Rupert.