Flodden Field: History’s Tragedies Woven into Family Trees August 14, 2013
By Guest blogger Pennee Murphree, Genealogist and former farmer
“Died in the Battle of Flodden Field, Sept 9, 1513,” was a phrase that kept coming up as I was working with my family tree, adding to it, and correcting mistakes, which I do often. So I tracked the date of the Battle of Flodden Fieldand so far on the Scottish side in my data base I have found 6 of my 13th or 14th generation great grandfathers and 2 of Pat’s. I also learned that 12th great grandfather of our on the English side, Sir Thomas Howard born 1443, (2 wives, 18 children) was instrumental in the English victory.
My grandfathers that lost their lives were, Duncan Campbell born 1455, Alexander Gordon, born 1476, William Graham born 1463, William Murray born 1475, William Ruthven born 1478, Henry Sinclair born 1459, and Andrew Stewart born 1470. Pat’s grandfathers that died were John Bigod born 1475 and Gilbert Hay born 1460. Nine cousins or uncles were also lost in this battle. You can read more about this terrible battle at the websites listed below.
The Battle of Flodden or Flodden Field or occasionally Battle of Branxton was a conflict between England and Scotland. The battle was fought in northern England on 9 September 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by the Earl of Surrey. It was an English victory. In terms of troop numbers, it was the largest battle fought between the two Kingdoms. James IV was killed in the battle, becoming the last monarch from the British Isles to suffer such a death to date.
- Scots army defeat at Flodden blamed on 18ft weapon (scotsman.com)
- Scenes from the Battle of Flodden will be brought back to life in re-enactments for the 500th anniversary (thejournal.co.uk)
- Visiting Flodden: Northumberland site of Britain’s most momentous battle (mirror.co.uk)
- A battle anniversary for Alex Salmond to forget (telegraph.co.uk)
- Book review: Fatal Rivalry: Flodden, 1513, By George Goodwin (independent.co.uk)
- ICE commissions unique painting of historic battle ahead of its 500th anniversary (ice.org.uk)
- Strange stories of Scottish battles (bbc.co.uk)
- Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s best photograph – Scottish standard-bearers (theguardian.com)