Insy Winsy spider climbing up the spout
Down came the raindrops and washed poor Insy out.
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.
“Na,” said Insy Winsy, “I’m not climbing that thing again.”
If the spider watched by Robert the Bruce
Had behaved in like fashion
England might have kept hold of Scotland
For lack of suitable passion.
Today (24 June 1314) is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a significant victory led by Robert the Bruce (King of Scots 1306-1329) against England in the First War of Scottish Independence and a landmark in Scottish history. Robert the Bruce is today remembered in Scotland as a national hero.
The legend of the spider is accorded to the winter of 1306-07 when Robert the Bruce was hiding out in a cave off the north coast of Ireland. He is said to have watched the spider spinning a web across part of the roof. Each time the spider failed, it began again, until finally it had completed its web. The spider’s persistence is said to have inspired Robert the Bruce, who at the time was in defeat and on the run. His subsequent hammering of the English gained him the supporters he needed to take Scotland to independence and him to victory.
Cartoon inspired by the works of illustrator John Joven (check out his site)