New details discovered on Flodden war horses

Working on the Flodden horse transcription

Working on the Flodden horse transcription

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The forgotten horses of Flodden have been remembered with the help of a 500-year-old document.

A national archives document transcribed by Flodden volunteers has revealed that after their owners had fled the field or been killed, 297 horses were given away. In depth detail is given into each horse, its colour, stance and new owner.

Niamh Bankier enjoys some Flodden-related activities
Niamh Bankier enjoys some Flodden-related activities

Berwick archivist Linda Bankier, who headed the team of transcribers, said: “To get such great detail on the colours, size even the description of ears of horses from that time was quite unprecedented and really very special.”

The research will be displayed on March 29-30 at Heatherslaw Mill, one of over 40 Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites, alongside a range of family activities. Education officer Jane Miller said: “Activities will range from clay modelling to creating horses from felt, and children can write their own horse document with a quill.”

There will also be a Clydesdale ‘war horse’ on site thanks to the Milfield Heavy Horse Association.

“It is very important to the Flodden Ecomuseum team that children of all ages have the opportunity to learn about the battle which helped shape our nation,” Jane added.For more information go to


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