Tain Museum Image Library

Flodden, Northumberland
Tain Museum Image Library
Flodden, Northumberland

This is the site of the Battle of Flodden, which took place on September 9th 1513. Its connection with Tain is that this is where James IV was killed, only a few weeks after the last of his frequent pilgrimages to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain.

This view is taken from roughly James IV's position, looking north. The English were on the low ridge in the middle of the picture. Although the Scots were in a strong position and had captured most of the local strongholds they were lured into making a disastrous attack. They were unable to bring their cannons to bear on the English from this position. Instead of waiting for the English to come to them, they rushed down the hill to find that the dip between the ridges was wet and swampy - as it still is today despite modern drainage. They got bogged down and were slaughtered. About 10,000 Scots (including much of the nobility) and up to 3,000 English were believed to have been killed. Even 500 years on it is a moving experience to visit this place.

On the right of the picture you can just see the village of Branxton. Many of the dead were buried here in huge pits, and James IV's body was put in the church overnight before being taken to London - its eventual fate is still a bit of a mystery. You can also just see the monument commemorating the battle on the highest point of the ridge just above the trees.
Picture added on 06 September 2004
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