After Stirling, Edward was forced to re-engage with the war in Scotland and Wallace suffered defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. Murray, meanwhile, had died from injuries sustained at Stirling.
Wallace was captured in 1305 and put through a grisly execution at the Tower of London, his body 'quartered' and limbs dispatched for display in Newcastle, Berwick, Perth, and Stirling.
So the Scots were down - but they weren't out.
In 1314, another icon of Scottish history, Robert the Bruce, emerged victorious at the Battle of Bannockburn, his feat of splitting an English knight's head in two with his axe becoming as legendary as Wallace's victory at Stirling.
The Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton subsequently acknowledged an independent Scotland and its king, Robert I, as ruler.
For more about Stirling Bridge and Falkirk, see Pete Armstrong's book. For more about the Battle of Bannockburn, click here. And to learn more about military history, visit Osprey Publishing's website.