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Flowers Of The Forest 9 September

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by mikepara, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. mikepara

    mikepara Practically Family

    Just to remind or inform you all. Especially if you've the blood of the Scots running through your viens.
    On this day in 1513 A vast amount of Scottish Nobility including their King James lV and between 15,000- 20,000 other men died on English Soil at the hands of the victorious English (who lost about 1500 men) at the battle Of Flodden (Branxton Hill) in Northumberland. The Battle lasted 3 hours and the 21,500 men died in less than a mile. The carnage puts the losses at the Somme into the shade.
  2. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Thanks Mike.

    I often make the detour on my way up to Kelso. Take an old flask of coffee with me and have a wander over the battlefield, before pointing the car towards Cornhill.
  3. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Gentlemen, I just had an odd moment of melancholy as I read those two posts. If you ever have the inclination, please post a photo of the site.

  4. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Time for some serious research! I'm always looking for new eras of military history to learn, in addition to feeeling a great reverence for the level of sacrifice of these men. Thanks, Mikepara!

  5. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Sir Walter Scott wrote a lengthy poem in 6 cantos that dealt with this battle. It is entitled Marmion; A Tale of Flodden Field.

    There are many references to this famous battle on the internet. Some very interesting reading.
  6. An odd and eerie place, Flodden field. Spent quite a few sunday afternoons there when a child.

  7. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Baron, please expound on the odd and eerie nature of Flodden Field. A battlefield once saturated with the blood of thousands must have tales to tell.

    Is this hallowed ground?
  8. mikepara

    mikepara Practically Family



    Just to show you the scale of the monument. The plaque on the other side reads: FLODDEN 1513 To The Brave of Both Nations.
  9. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Those are great photos. The glowering sky over the monument really sets a dramatic tone. Thanks for posting these, mikepara.

    Another place to see before this sojourn ends. :)
  10. Caledonia

    Caledonia Practically Family

    Thanks Mike. I've never been, nor knew, ashamed to say. Will make a detour down for the day when I'm in the Borders next.

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