William Crawford (Scottish Knight)

William Crawford (Scottish Knight)

Sir William Crawford is a character in The Wallace, Blind Harry's epic poem about William Wallace. He appears to be an unhistorical character, although there was a Crawford family in Ayrshire at the time of the Wars of Scottish Independence, some of who may have been Sheriff of Ayrshire.

It is difficult to be sure what Blind Harry says about Crawford, since some of the sources which have been put forward are works which look like an uncritical regurgitation of Blind Harry, rather than direct references to his work or works about him.

Harry may state that Sir William commanded 400 cavalry to run the English forces out of Scotland after the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.

Also possibly according to Harry, 1299 Sir William escorted Wallace to the court of King Philip IV of France. While sailing from Scotland the Scots captured the pirate known as the "Red Reiver" (Thomas Longoville) and later gained his amnesty from Phillip in Paris. While in France they commanded the Scots Guard in two military victories over the English.

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