The year was 1263 and King Hakon of Norway had brought anarmy to attempt to reassert his sovreignty over the west of Scotland.
While his fleet was gathered in the Firth of Clyde fate and the weather forced several of his ships aground near what is now Largs.
The Scottish army arrived while Hakon's men were trying to salvage their ships and the now famous Battle of Largs took place on the beach.
The outcome of the battle was inconclusive and not considered to be of historical significance.
The pencil monument was construced in 1912 and Largs now holds an anual festival to comemorate the battle, 2013 being the 750th anniversary.