Productive arable farmland at Linkfield near Airth, in the Carse of Stirling.
The Ochil Hills are on the northern horizon. In an article in the Spring issue of Scottish Place-name News, the last before the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314, John Reid revisited the popular belief that the setting for the battle was conditioned by the whole of the Carse of Stirling, the stretch of low ground along the southern side of the Forth from Stirling south-east towards Falkirk, being a wild, impassable, peaty morass. The evidence of place-names and medieval charters, including royal grants to important abbeys and references to large amounts of grain being grown, shows that although there were some areas of peat moss much of the Carse by the late 13th century would in early summer have looked more like this recent scene than like any kind of untamed wetland.
(Photo: John Reid)
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