Flodden 500

500 years ago today, King James IV of Scotland was killed on the battlefield of Flodden Hill in 1513.

Amazingly when you visit Ford Castle you can see this fateful field from our King James Tower.

Why was the Battle of Flodden so important?

  • King James IV was the last King to die on British soil.
  • Clive Hallam-Baker of Remembering Flodden Project explains about the vast loss of life; “Around 15,000 men died in the space on two and a half hours. A death toll like that wasn’t seen again until the battles of World War One.”

What would it have been like during the battle?

  • The Scots were under fire from English canons and billhooks
  • They retreated downhill into slippery, boggy ground
  • James’ army had to rely on pikes as their defence

How many men were in battle?

  • English – 26,000
  • Scottish – 30,000

How is Flodden remembered?

  • In the Scottish folk song: “Flooers o’ the Forest”  which details the grief of women and children who have lost their men in battle. It is played at remembrance services and funerals around the World.
  • There are various events to commemorate the battle happening September 9th and beyond including; an archaeological dig, private dinner and exhibition at Alnwick Castle. For details please visit: www.flodden1513.com
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