© 27 Feb 2019
What Pools? Here are some photos which have been taken on several occasions. Note: the pools in the North Carse have caused the road, Millhall Road, to zigzag around them: on every map back to Roy's GB p141-143, the first worthy map, 1750. No historian in seven centuries ever noticed the pools or understood their significance. They were present on 24th June 1314 because the sources (above) tell us so.
The translations are proved in GB Ch VI, photos of the pools p130,136-140; also in BP 44-46 (with many photos) red 33-37 and BR p350-359; photos of pools plates 14a,b-19a,b. The map, shown 12 times in each book, at different stages of the battle, that took six years to make and justify which has been confirmed, is essential.
There is a mountain of other evidence in other sources and the ground which a full proof makes use of. But some proofs of important results, not yet seen, are short, a few lines. These are elegant and dazzling. The sixty pages of Ch VI GB while very illuminating, full of photos of pools, pond, knoll, burns, Carse, maps and documents, can be replaced by six lines of text. The full justification of the map is about 200 pages in the three books BR,BP,GB. All of them have many photos of the ground, showing the natural defences of the Dryfield, Milton Ford, especially.
(To see a full page image of this book cover, click on the above image.)
See photos of the pools on BP red pages 33-37 and in all the other history books of this research e.g., The Genius of Bannockburn (GB) p136-140. Why does this Carse have pools? Explained in GB p146. GB has aerial photos of the zig zag road, page 141 GB.
Many proofs are given in these history books. Some are 34 pages and deal with every possible objection. All the chronicle sources all confirm each other. BP has six proofs, including one of a page, one of 12 maps with text and refs. The best on p82-87. The most powerful, concise proof has 9 sources in three pages, one of them the area map of 1314. The translations given above are correct. This is explained in GB ChVI. A more concise explanation will be available in print soon. Photographs of some of the pools on several occasions appear in all the books of this research. They form in the undulations of the flat ground.
Metahistory At the level of Metahistory, the consideration of the processes involved in this research and its status as knowledge, BR and this work, BP, should be considered as works of science. Every relevant source was assembled, translated where necessary and analysed very precisely, right down to the criteria for reliability and relevance and the method of analysis which was no arbitrary process but one that would produce the same results whoever performed it; for a few differences of interpretation, all that are possible, would make no difference to the conclusions ultimately reached. And these are compelling: outrageous to believe the contrary. Every argument for every conclusion was carefully examined for its compulsive force and a surprising number were found to be alphas, many, indeed, alpha plus: inconceivable to be otherwise. This kind of examination is novel and precise and scientific in character. Everything, every fact about the ground or about what the written sources tell us or even about these in combination which has been discovered in BR and BP can be verified and confirmed for they are all justified in this work.
Every observation necessary to confirm what is stated can be repeated. If anything will hold up the acceptance of this research it is precisely the failure to perform, in the various maps, in the written sources and on the ground, all the actions necessary to achieve this confirmation. What characterizes science is the exhaustiveness of the investigation; the completeness and precision of the explanation: everything makes sense and fits without contradiction; the compelling power of the arguments; and the repeatability of its experiments when these are involved [Einstein’s papers are not write ups of experiments in a lab but gedangken experiments: thought experiments, like the Charisma-Population Argument; Darwin’s Origin of Species is not a record of experiments at all]. When repetitions under the same circumstances or efforts at confirmation produce the same results, these become part of the knowledge of the science. Science is not mere opinion (like all histories of this subject before). It is a set of compelling conclusions, fully justified, which explain the issues at hand.