During the late 13th and early 14th centuries Scotland was struggling for independence from Anglo-Norman England. The defeat of William Wallace in the Battle of Falkirk in April 1298 and his capture and execution in August 1305 seemed to put an end to Scottish hopes for independence. It was during this uncertain time that Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick, stepped forward to fight for independence. He was named Guardian of Scotland, along with John Comyn, by Wallace in 1298 and initially attempted to negotiate for independence with England’s King Edward I. When this failed, he rose in open rebellion.

Robert Bruce, Future King Robert I of Scotland

Robert Bruce, Future King Robert I of Scotland

After the death of Comyn in 1305, many sources say at Robert’s hand, Bruce was crowned Robert I, King of Scotland on 25 March. Bruce won several battles against the English in the early years of his reign and after the death of King Edward I in July 1307, initially made peace with King Edward II. The peace did not last long and Bruce rose again in rebellion.

To expand the war against the English and in response to calls from Irish lords for liberation, Bruce decided to send an army, under his brother Edward, to Ireland. The Bruce Campaign in Ireland initially saw success, with Edward landing in between Larne and Glendrum in Ulster in May 1315. While Edward met some resistance, most of the Gaelic lords in Ulster supported him, proclaiming him King of Ireland in Early June. Edward invaded as far south as Dundalk, meeting very little English or Irish resistance. King Edward II, finally convinced of the importance of resistance against Edward Bruce in Ireland, sent reinforcements under the command of the Justiciar of Ireland, Sir Edmund Butler, and John Hotham, English envoy to Ireland.

The Battle of Skerries (also called the Battle of Ardscull), which took place on this date in 1316, Edward faced a much larger force (10,000 for the English against 6,000 for Edward). Though they suffered many casualties, Edward’s army prevailed. Official English accounts blamed bad terrain and bad luck for their defeat. The Scottish dead are buried in the graveyard attached to the Dominican Priory on the east bank of the River Barrow in nearby Athy. Among those buried are two Scottish chiefs, Lord Fergus Andressan and Lord Walter de Morrey. Edward continued to have success in Ireland, but the failure of the crops in 1317 and the pillaging tactics of his army began to turn against him. By the Battle of Faughart in October 1318, Edward’s army had shrunk considerably. He was defeated and killed during the battle, thus ending the Bruce campaign in Ireland.

The remnants of the battlements at Ardscull can still be seen today.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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