Well obviously I do. It comes with my ethnic origin.
In Easter 1314, Edward Bruce, brother of our King, the boy Robert, laid siege to Stirling Castle. Getting nowhere, he agreed a deal with the Governor, Sir Philip Mowbray, that the castle would be surrendered if the English did not relieve the siege by Midsummer Day.
This seriously hacked off Robert whose fighting style was of the flitting and elusive persuasion. He was a guerilla warrior who never wanted to be committed to a pitched battle. The tactic had served him well.
His opposition, the inept Edward II, was the son that Edward Longshanks must always have regretted having had. Nonetheless, he had enough time to raise an army and to march North to relieve Stirling. He could have got there in plenty of time but he dawdled and had to hurry up as the deadline loomed. In the circumstances, Robert decided to give battle, having prepared the ground.
We won. Home victory, to be fair, so obviously not as good as the Wembley Wizards gubbing England in 1928, 614 years after Bannockburn.
And there’s where I come from and where I stand. The Wembley result is a joy to me being an intramural victory against fellow countrymen of English origin. Bannockburn won freedom for my nation and we enjoyed that freedom for over 300 years until we chose to join said fellow countrymen in 1707. I realise that there are those who put that choice down to Darien Bay and to our grasping nature.
They are wrong, so far as I am concerned. For me, the Act of Union was an idea whose time had come. I do not believe that that time has passed.
Anyhow, back to Bannockburn. 700 years ago and major celebrations planned this year. Not quite going to plan:-
One problem that they are having is that the Bannockburn commemoration is being held on 28th June. Said date is also Armed Forces Day.
Would you like to guess where the British national celebration of Armed Forces Day is being held this year? It really works for me.