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Events from History: 13 May 1568

The Battle of Langside, a pivotal clash in Scottish history, took place on May 13th, 1568. It saw forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots, pitted against those acting in the name of her infant son, James VI. The battleground was near Langside, now a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. Mary’s army, though larger, was hampered by inexperience and poor leadership. The opposing force, led by the Regent Moray, proved more strategically adept. Despite a valiant effort, Mary’s troops were ultimately outflanked and forced to retreat. The brief but decisive battle solidified James VI’s claim to the throne and led to Mary’s eventual flight to England, where she remained a prisoner for nearly two decades before her execution on 8 February 1587.

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