William Wallace and Andrew de Moray commanded the Scottish army, while the Earl of Surrey and Hugh de Cressingham led the English. Once the English vanguard crossed Stirling Bridge, the slaughter began, with the Scots army being much better disciplined than the English had expected. It was a decisive victory for the Scots.
During the filming of Braveheart
, when asked by a local why the Battle of Stirling Bridge was filmed on an open plain, Mel Gibson answered that “the bridge got in the way.” “Aye,” the local answered. “That’s what the English found.” x