Battle of Loch Ryan

The Battle of Loch Ryan was a battle fought on 9/10 February 1307 during the Scottish Wars of Independence near Stranraer on Loch Ryan, Galloway, Scotland.

Battle of Loch Ryan
Part of First War of Scottish Independence
Date9/10 February 1307
Location
near Stranraer, Scotland
Result Rebel victory
Belligerents
Kingdom of Scotland Kingdom of Scotland Rebels
Commanders and leaders
Alexander Bruce  Executed
Thomas Bruce  Executed
Dungal MacDowall
Strength
~1000 unknown
Casualties and losses
Heavy Low

King Robert I of Scotland's invasion of his ancestral lands in Annandale and Carrick began in 1307. The Annandale and Galloway invasion force was led by his brothers Alexander Bruce and Thomas Bruce, Malcolm McQuillan, Lord of Kintyre, an Irish sub king and Sir Reginald Crawford. The force consisted of 1000 men and eighteen galleys. They sailed into Loch Ryan and landed near Stranraer. The invasion force was quickly overwhelmed by local forces, led by Dungal MacDowall, who was a supporter of the Balliols, Comyns and King Edward I of England, and only two galleys escaped. All the leaders were captured. Dungal MacDowall, summarily executed the Irish sub king and Malcolm McQuillan, Lord of Kintyre. Alexander, Thomas and Reginald Crawford were sent to Carlisle, England, where they were executed. The heads of McQuillan and two Irish chiefs were sent to King Edward I.

ReferencesEdit

  • Barbour, John, The Bruce, trans. A. A. H. Douglas, 1964.
  • Sir Herbert Maxwell, The Chronicle of Lanercost, 1272-1346: translated with notes (1913).