- Beautifully crafted in Italy.
- Exquisitely ornate.
- 3.25 inch king.
- Felted bases.
- Ideal for a 16 inch board.
There are many battles that have taken place between England and Scotland over the centuries and two names that stand out in this history are Edward I and William Wallace. Because we are uncertain as to who these pieces depict, we will base them on these two historical figures. If any of our customers can positively identify these characters, we would certainly welcome the information and update our listing accordingly.
The armies are made up of similar looking characters with the English donned in traditional red garments and the Scottish in their green and brown based garments. Both kings sport a thick set crown atop flowing locks. Regally, they stand poised with their swords, looking every inch the majestic leaders with their beautiful queens standing demurely by their sides. The bishops look on in their knowing and educated manner. The knights look fierce as their mounts rear up in readiness for battle. A sword and shield combination gives a dramatic edge to the rooks and the pawns on both sides are smartly dressed foot soldiers ready to take their lead from their king.
We have matched these lovely historical pieces with a beautiful walnut board from Spain to give you The England vs Scotland Chess Set.
In March 1296, the First War of Scottish Independence began in earnest with England’s brutal capture of Berwick, followed by the Scottish defeat at Dunbar and John Balliol’s abdication in July. The English invasion campaign had quelled most of the country by August and, after taking the Stone of Destiny from Scone and installing it in Westminster Abbey, Edward called a parliament in Berwick. Finally the Scottish nobles paid homage to him as King of England.
However, revolts broke out in early 1297, led by Williams Wallace and Andrew de Moray, which necessitated Edward's sending more forces to deal with the Scots. Although they managed to pressure the nobles to submit at Irvine, Wallace and de Moray's continuing bombardments eventually led to the first key Scottish victory, at Stirling Bridge. Unfortunately, Moray was fatally wounded in this battle and died soon after. There were further Scottish raids into northern England and Wallace was appointed as Guardian of Scotland in March 1298. But in July, Edward invaded again, intending to crush Wallace and his armies and eventually defeated the Scots at Falkirk on 22nd July 1298.
Wallace was eventually captured in Robroyston in August 1305, handed over to Edward and executed for high treason and crimes against English civilians. After the capture and execution of Wallace, Scotland seemed to have been finally conquered and the revolt calmed for a period.