The armies of William the Conqueror marched through the town of Dunblane, stripping the lead from the cathedral to assist with their siege of Stirling Castle. The followers of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce also passed through to fight in the battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
The site of the battle of Sheriffmuir, which took place during the Jacobite rebellion against the government in 1715, is located just three miles North East of Dunblane. The outcome of this battle was the subject of conflicting opinions on either side as portrayed in this poem by an anonymous balladeer:
'Some say that we wan and some say that they wan
And some say that nane won at a', man.
But one thing I'm sure that at Sheriffmuir
A battle was there which I saw man.
And we ran and they ran, and they ran and we ran
And we ran and they ran awa' man.'