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Flodden Field

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Flodden Field: Scotland attacks Henry VIII's England

Five hundred years ago, Scotland suffered one of its bloodiest defeats in the battle of Flodden Field, fought on 9 September 1513.

While the battle is largely forgotten in England, Flodden figures prominently in Scottish history alongside iconic triumphs over the English such as the battle of Bannockburn, but for very different reasons.

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Ealdwita snippet alert......

One of the most beautiful bagpipe laments ever written commemorates Flodden Field and is now played at British and Commonwealth military funerals.

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I've heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking,

Lassies a-lilting afore dawn o' day,

But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning,

"The Flowers o' the Forest are a' wede away".

Dool and wae for the order, sent oor lads tae the Border.

The English for ance, by guile wan the day.

The Flooers o' the Forest, that faught aye the foremost,

The pride o' oor land lie cauld in the clay.

(Lyrics by Jean Elliot - Published C.1755)

Edited by ealdwita
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2 good posts Tks fella's. Wasn't it the Scots who last invaded England around 1240 when William Wallace's merry lads got down to York,before we "Sent them homeward tay think again".

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Flodden Field was a very gory battle, and one the Scots were never able to really recoup from....

Interestingly enough, while doing genealogy research on my husband and my family, I found out on my great grandmother's side, I am descended from the Royal House of Stewart, through Mary, Queen of Scots. That makes James IV, my 17th or 18th great grandfather, or something like that....Well, anyways, my husband is descended on his great grandfathers side, to all the Nobility in Scotland, like the Douglass, Fleming's, Hamilton's, and the Stewart's as well. In his family tree I have at least 9 nobles, who died at the Battle of Flodden....So that kind of gives you an idea, how many men died there. It literally wiped out most of the young men in the Scottish nobility....

This really gives you a good view into why the Battle turned into such a disaster for the Scots....

Link: http://m.youtube.com...h?v=Ra1XCVn9NAo

Ealdwita snippet alert......

One of the most beautiful bagpipe laments ever written commemorates Flodden Field and is now played at British and Commonwealth military funerals.

[media=]

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I've heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking,

Lassies a-lilting afore dawn o' day,

But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning,

"The Flowers o' the Forest are a' wede away".

Dool and wae for the order, sent oor lads tae the Border.

The English for ance, by guile wan the day.

The Flooers o' the Forest, that faught aye the foremost,

The pride o' oor land lie cauld in the clay.

(Lyrics by Jean Elliot - Published C.1755)

Thanks for posting this! Beautiful and haunting.... :)

Edited by Burt Gummer
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