For many centuries, Scotland and Ireland formed an integral union. Basically, that union was the Gaelic world. The Irish had initially conquered and colonized Scotland. In the III century DC, the Irish invaded the North and East of Scotland and then settled in the Scottish territory. The Scottish Kingdom was initially the Irish monarchy. The Scottish kings had Irish predecessors.
Many wars in past were religion-inspired. The Irish made no exclusion, and their offensive was also justified with holy scriptures. The monk Columbus and other church figures brought Christianity to the Scottish soil.
The sea rather unified the two lands than separated them. It could be overcome in a couple of hours by a small Scottish ship. In the middle ages, Ireland was called Big Scotia, and Scotland was referred to as Small Scotia. The language, culture, traditions and customs were shared by Big and Small Scotias.
In late XIII century, an event which predetermined the future destiny of Scotland happened. Robert Bruce had a meeting with John Comyn, his rival to the Scottish throne. Robert killed his rival in a church where their negotiations took place. Robert did not hesitate to proclaim himself the King of Scotland, and the church endorsed him.
Edward I, the Norman King of England, in a try to humble the self-proclaimed Scottish monarch, captured some Robert’s fellows and his wife, Elisabeth de Bourg. The repressions grew into a chase against Robert Bruce, which ousted him to the Western isles of Scotland.
Robert Bruce found himself on the Kintyre peninsula, and from there he could easily get to Ulster. He believed that Northern Ireland could support him in combating England. With the assistance of his Irish allies, he planned to regain the throne. Robert’s two younger brothers, Thomas and Alexander, gathered the Irish army and landed in Scotland. It led to an epic defeat. Both Thomas and Alexander were captured and executed by Edward’s troops.
No less than a decade passed before the union between Robert Bruce and the Irish was renewed. Edward I died in July 1307. Scotland’s independence became a visible reality again.
The prophecies of that time narrated that Robert Bruce, like King Arthur, bore a mission to unite Scotland, Ulster and Wales in a fight against the English monster.