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Andrew de Moray

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Andrew de Moray, a member of the Scottish nobility, went to prison with his father, Sir Andrew de Moray, following the 1296 Battle of Dunbar. He escaped, and carried on the fight against English occupation of Scotland. While William Wallace fought the English occupation in Southern Scotland for the most part, de Moray raised support for the same cause in Northern Scotland.

The rebels in Moray had their base at Avoch Castle, near Inverness. They organized and carried out guerilla attacks on English occupiers, and later captured Balconie Castle from the Countess of Ross, who sided with the English. Balconie Castle would prove to be a strategic stronghold for the Scottish rebels.

Wallace and de Moray met, and perhaps each took courage from the other's conviction. When Wallace prepared for the English invasion at Stirling, de Moray brought an army to join the cause, and some attribute the Scottish victory at Stirling Bridge (11 September 1297) to de Moray's tactical skill.

Unfortunately, the battle at Stirling Bridge cost de Moray his life; an arrow wound he suffered in the fight killed him two months later.

De Moray's son, also called Andrew, went on to fight for Scottish independence with the same fierce determination shown by his father and grandfather.

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