From Journal Live: (And as a resident of Edinburgh, I’m posting this with rather mixed feelings!)
BLACKSMITH Stephen Mather has forged a memorial to one of the North East’s bloodiest battles. Steel gates which incorporate images from the Battle of Flodden in 1513 will be installed at the site where the English army camped before and after their victory over the Scots.
Its Flodden links are only part of the site’s rich history. It was the medieval home of the Muschamp family and in 1341 a licence to crenellate (to fortify a building) was granted to Thomas de Muschamp, In 1415 a tower was recorded and in 1801 work began on the present castle-style mansion.
THE gates are being installed as planning starts on how to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden in four years’ time. In just three hours of fighting at Flodden, near the village of Branxton, 15,000 men were killed. The battle claimed the lives of the Scots King James IV, most of his accompanying nobility and 10,000 of their countrymen.
Flodden saw the last effective mass use of the English longbow. It also set in motion a series of events that would contribute within 80 years to the union of the English and Scottish crowns.
You can read the whole story here: http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2009/09/03/blacksmith-forges-memorial-to-battle-of-flodden-61634-24595770/.