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Old 4th March 2005, 18:30
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Have a look at this website.

It was about this time that William Wallace was knighted, possibly by the 2nd Earl of Carrick, Robert Bruce (the future King of Scotland)....

Nigel Tranter may not have been so far off. The reason Wallace supported John Baliol was that he was the crowned King of Scots. The Bruce himself, at one point, supported Baliol. Wallace was not fighting to ensure that Baliol was put on the throne (as the Comyns were), he was fighting against English occupation and tyrany.

I have read a number of Tranter's books and found them very entertaining and enjoyable - I wouldn't get too hung up on small historical inaccuracies, and I wouldn't consider Tranter as a main source of historical information. Rather, reading his books puts a human spin on the history.
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