>Though perhaps the original idea of the pits was to deter a >frontal
assault on common ground and force the English to attack >on less favourable
Edward's overwhelming superiority in mounted men-at-arms meant that the
Scots would have been hammered on an open field, hence their defensive
position at the top of the rise overlooking the Bannock Burn, with the Scots
right flank resting on the wooded park, and the slopes to the front and left
protected by the digging of "pottes" (the holes with stakes at the bottom).
Edward wished to bypass the position, hence his flanking march, but his army
got out of shape in the myriad of boggy pools and rivulets downstream, and
only the vanguard was in any sort of shape when the Scots attacked.
>In that case both were in the right place for the Scots but both >in the
wrong place for the English.
True enough. Pity successive Scots commanders never learnt the lesson.
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