Flodden Battlefield

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Flodden Battlefield is situated 53 miles south of Edinburgh, 57 miles north of Newcastle, by the Border with Scotland and England.

The Car Park for Flodden Battlefield is next to the small Village of Branxton. Postcode: TD12 4SN.

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The image top is of the large Car Park for Flodden Battlefield.

There are notice boards at the Car Park, and on the Path up to the Monument, giving information and images of the Battle.

The Battle took place on the 9th September 1513 between the armies of King James IV of Scotland and King Henry VIII of England.

The Earl of Surrey led the English forces, with King James himself leading the Scots.

This was said to be the largest Battle ever between Scotland and England with about 20,000 to 30,000 men on each side.

The English won the Battle with about 1,500 English killed in battle. Claims are between 5,000 and 17,000 Scots were killed in battle, including King James himself.

1295 - Scotland and France signed a treaty known as the Old Alliance, where Scotland and France would join forces any time they were attacked by England.

1503 - King James IV married Margaret Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII. This was to help keep peace between England and Scotland.

1513 - King Henry VIII led an invasion force into France to gain territory for England.

France then called on James IV to attack England from the north, so as to divert a large number of English troops away from the battles in France.

1513 - the vast Scottish and English armies met at Flodden Field.

Both sides had about 30 Cannon at the Battle, but it is claimed the English Longbows caused more deaths than Cannon.

Close combat by the Scots was mainly with Pikes - poles from 10 to 25 feet in length with an iron spearhead, Swords, Battle Axes, and Bows.

The English used their Longbows with a range up to 600 yards. Close in battles the English used Bills - 7 foot long poles with a hooked blade, Spears, Swords, and Battle Axes.

The death of James IV led to his 17 month old son becoming King James V of Scotland.

Battles between England and Scotland continued until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when James VI of Scotland gained the throne of England as well.

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