Monday marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, a clash between Scottish King James IV and the English forces of Henry VIII led by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey.
James was killed on the blood-soaked Northumberland field alongside thousands of his men, and 90 years later, the crowns of England and Scotland were united when the Tudor dynasty died with Elizabeth I and James VI of Scotland succeeded her as James I.
Commemorations of the event are being co-ordinated by the Flodden 1513 “ecomuseum”, a collection of sites linked to the battle which include the battle site itself, Norham Castle, Etal Castle, Edinburgh’s Flodden Wall and the Fletcher Monument in Selkirk. Edinburgh Castle, a stronghold of the 16th century Scottish monarchy, was recently added to the scheme.
Over the weekend, the Battlefield Trail will be open to all and there will be guided walks. There will also be families activities and exhibitions in the Flodden marquee at Branxton, with displays including the Flodden travelling exhibition, copies of the 1514 Alnwick Muster Roll and maps from the time.
An art exhibition takes place at Branxton Village Hall, featuring works from Prof Tom Bromly and a flower festival also opens today at Branxton Church.
On the anniversary of the battle itself, various displays and exhibits will show the highlights of the Flodden Documentary Research Project from the documents which have been
transcribed so far about the Battle of Flodden. Exhibitions on the battle and related local history displays will be staged by the Glendale Local History Society, Lowick Heritage Group and Cittaslow Berwick.
And at 3.30pm, local historian Clive Hallam-Baker local historian will give a conducted tour of the battlefield, taking people through the places where the action happened on this date in real time 500 years ago.
The day after a commemoration event will be held at the Flodden marquee, including displays of symbols of peace and reconciliation, with specially-chosen hymns, music, and readings. The event is free, and open to all.
Tuesday and Wednesday will also see battlefield excavations, which open to visitors.