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St Machar's, Aberdeen
St Machar's Cathedral, Bishop Henry le Chen was a keen supporter of the English
Andrew De Moray: The Unknown Braveheart

De Moray, a Highlander, is widely regarded as the man who steered Wallace and his troops to victory at the Battle of Stirling in 1297 – making an excellent tactical plan and bringing south many of his northern warriors.

Andrew De Moray's arms
Little is known of de Moray before 1296, when he was taken hostage and shipped off to jail in Chester following the disastrous Battle of Dunbar. Somewhere in the region of 10,000 Scots, poorly equipped and little match for their organised English opponents, were either killed or arrested.

There can be no doubt that de Moray got his patriotism and fighting zeal from his father, Sir Andrew de Moray, who was also captured at Dunbar and incarcerated in the Tower of London. Once in gaol in Chester, de Moray promptly escaped and made his way back to the highlands and the family home, Avoch Castle near Inverness.

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