Trabuco Legends: Warwolf And The Siege Of Stirling

The story of William Wallace is considered one of the greatest stories of resistance in the history of mankind. When Wallace was alive he challenged the English King Edward and his forceful rule upon the Scottish people. William Wallace led a nearly successful rebellion against King Edward I. However, in 1298 he was defeated. Once he fell, it was only a matter of time before King Edward would completely control the Scotts. The first Siege of Stirling Castle would give him the final victory.

In the year 1304 A.D., King Edward I had marched against Stirling Castle according to This was the last Scottish stronghold that would have been able to repel the English invaders. When King Edward I marched against this castle in 1304 he used a variety of weapons to bring it down. Most notably was the trabuco or trebuchet known as Warwolf.


Warwolf was the secret weapon that King Edward I had used against the Scottish defenders. Keep in mind that the castle at Stirling was set upon a large hill known as Castle Hill. This position was hard to reach by foot. Armies would suffer lots of casualties if they dared to scale the mountainside or the walls to reach the defenders. King Edward I realized that scaling the castle would be a mistake. So, he used his siege engines to smash the walls of the stronghold until its occupants surrendered.

When the trabuco Warwolf was brought onto the field of battle it loomed about the other trebuchets that were present. Warwolf was a deadly weapon to encounter according to This great beast loomed high into the sky and the Scotts were sorely afraid. They tried to surrender but King Edward I was not going to allow them to do so. He wanted to defeat the Scotts once and for all. After Warwolf was used against them they would never rise again to challenge his power.

Warwolf was thrust into action and trabuco hurled large projectiles high into the air. These large stones weighed as much as 300 pounds and it smashed through the castle’s walls. The Scotts had to surrender and leave Stirling. Otherwise, the castle would be completely lost. This was the first Siege of Stirling. King Edward I of England was the victor and his trabuco Warwolf allowed him to prevail.