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The end of the Viking threat to Scotland.
In 1263, King Haakon led his great Viking battle fleet to subdue the
Scottish resistance. Leaving his base in the Western Isles, he sailed
south to the Clyde estuary. His fleet was anchored on the western
shores of the Firth and a recce was made by a smaller group on the
eastern shore at Largs.
The Scots gave but a tiny view of their presence whilst their king
called to arms all those who would join him to repulse the Vikings.He
managed to stall the Viking emissaries until his countrymen could
assemble. His proposals had to be referred to Haakon. The Vikings
decided to attack the Scots even though bad weather over the Clyde was
playing havoc with their much-vaunted fleet. When the assault boats
beached at Largs and the Vikings advanced from the beach the latter were
beset by a great Scottish army which trounced them. The living Vikings
escaped to their boats, sailed to their fleet, but it had been greatly
abused by the gales and the Scots on the water repeated their thrashing
of the Viking battle fleet. Haakon scuttled off to the Hebrides and
made pact with the Scots to assualt Scotland no more. Haakon died in
Orkney before he could return to Norway.
(1263 was the year that the Grammar School of Glasgow was founded, the
precursor of the University of Glasgow.)
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