Two divisions of the english cavalry, led by Hereford and Gloucester start the attack. Hereford’s nephew, Sir Henry de Bohun gallops ahead to challenge the Scots King to single combat.
Robert de Bruce rides forward to meet de Bohun. .De Bohun rides at de Bruce with lance couched. De Bruce evades de Bohun’s lance point and as de Bohun thunders past him, he strikes him a deadly blow on the head with his axe. De Bohun falls dead.
In the English camp on the far side of the Bannockburn the infantry is more than discouraged. Word now spreads that the war is unrighteous and this had been the cause of the day’s defeat. God was against the English army. Order breaks down and the horde of foot soldiers ransacks the supply wagons and drinks through the night. Heralds declare the victory as certain in the morning but few are convinced.
Sir Alexander Seton arrives from the English camp, and advises de Bruce that morale is low in the English army. Seton says “Sir, if you wish to take all of Scotland, now is the time. Edward’s army is grievously discouraged. You may beat them on the morrow with little loss and great glory.”
The decision is made...battle will be given. So Ends day one.