On this page: links to several resources on Irvine past & present, including

Scottish camp memorial

Memorial at Knadgerhill

commemorating a Scottish-English stand-off in 1297

This stone marks the site of the Scottish camp in a stand-off in the First War of Independence (1296-1328) - it was donated by Irvine native Alexander B McDonald, Esq., Capetown. Under the auspices of Irvine Burns Club, it was handed over to the burgh on 7 June 1929, the sescentenary of the death of Robert the Bruce (7 June 1329), in the presence of a large gathering.

The Scottish nobles, including Robert the Bruce (but not including William Wallace who was in central Scotland at the time) camped on this hill. The English, led by 1st Baron Percy, camped to the south, probably at Tarryholm. The Scots decided to submit, possibly in order to prolong negotiations with Edward I, who was due to decide who should become the Scottish king. Percy therefore negotiated the "Capitulation of Irvine", leading to peace in southern Scotland for a while. Wallace refused to join in the submission.

The arms on the memorial are those of Scotland, of the earldom of Carrick (Robert the Bruce), of the Steward of Scotland (James) and of (Sir William) Douglas.

The monument donor, Alexander B McDonald, also made benefactions to the Academy and to a new church in Cape Town. On a visit to Irvine in 1949, he was made a Freeman of the Burgh, and in 1950 was elected an Honorary Member of Irvine Burns Club (his acceptance letter was written in the 'Cape Times' building).


  • Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum
  • 28 Eglinton Street,
  • Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8AS

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