Robert Bruce was the king of Scotland. He was also an ardent patriot and a gallant soldier. He fought with the English for his country for a long time, but he failed. He had to flee from his kingdom to save his life. One day he sat in a lonely hall, brooding over his sad lot. Suddenly s spider caught his view. It was trying to reach the ceiling. But each time it tried, it dropped again. This happened six times. But the spider did not give up the struggle. It tried again and again and at last reached its goal. The perseverance and tenacity of the spider inspired Bruce very much. Swearing to do or die, he fought the English for the seventh time. This time he was successful in driving the English from his kingdom.
Born: July 11, 1274, Turnberry Castle
Died: June 7, 1329, Cardross, Argyll, United Kingdom
Parents: Robert de Brus, 6th Lord of Annandale, Marjorie, Countess of Carrick
Children: David II of Scotland, Marjorie Bruce, Matilda Bruce
Place of burial: Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, United Kingdom, Melrose Abbey, Melrose, United Kingdom
Religion: Roman Catholic