This week in Medieval Scottish History – 23 May 1308

John Comyn, earl of Buchan, was defeated at Inverurie by Robert Bruce’s forces. Both forces were gathered at Inverurie the previous day, and in the early morning hours of 23 May, a small contingent led by David of Brechin, surprised Bruce’s men. However, Comyn’s larger reinforcements had not arrived and the seeming victory was cut short. Comyn fled to England and died later that year. After Bruce’s victory, he proceeded to destroy the area in an act called the ‘herschip of Buchan’ [the harrying of Buchan], which symbolised Bruce’s complete destruction of his rivals.

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