Bruce’s Statue, Bannockburn – Charcoal and Graphite

Following on my previous attempt to render objects in different ways. This copies the last posting by using the same stuff.

This imposing statue stands near the site of the Battle of Bannockburn where, Robert Bruce (The Bruce) defeated the English King Edward 2nd’s forces in 1314. I have always felt that this monument seems a wee bit false since every Scots schoolchild knows the story of an event which happened just before the battle. Legend has it that Henry de Bohun, nephew of the Earl of Hereford saw Bruce riding on a lightweight pony, some distance from the main army. Seeing an opportunity the knight charged The Bruce who remained still until, at the last moment, he whipped the small horse to one side then smashed his battle axe through the skull of the unfortunate knight. Either Bruce changed his gear, before the battle and this statue is correct or the sculptor has used some artistic license.

Our national bard, Robert Burns, commemorated the battle by penning what he thought Bruce might have said to his troops before the conflict. It is one of Scotland’s most famous songs and starts:

‘Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tæ yer gory bed,
Or tæ victorie.

The full song, with translation for those of you unfortunate not to be Scottish, can be found at