Edward’s finest soldiers were at that time recruited in Wales and counties with the border with Wales, where constant wars at that time created combatants. Men in the north of England are said to be only willing to defend their homeland but do not want to serve in Scotland. Woodstocks 50th anniversary shirt. Since the Battle of Largs in 1268 the country of Scotland has been completely peaceful in its tranquility and as a result, its military and generals have very little practical combat experience. In 1296 Scottish conscripts were summoned to “carry out military service” by free men, landowners and those with higher social status. This military force, with its core of feudal cavalry, proved itself to be inferior and defeated completely at the Battle of Dunbar.