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Robert the Bruce had several things going for him -- good strategy, good command of the field, and the Highland Scots with the "highland charge." For this maneuver, they would shout out "Claymores!" and the whole line would rush their foes, screaming and waving the heavy swords. [en.wikipedia.org]

It was a basic 'shock troops' tactic, and they could get through a line of musketry pretty effectively. In the days before firearms, other troops would often break and run from these manic charges.

In addition, morale was poor among the English troops.
[en.wikipedia.org]

The battle took place on boggy ground -- a difficult, soggy terrain. Horses would have been far less useful than humans who were familiar with this type of ground (as the Scots were.)

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