Flodden 500th anniversary

Events are being held across the England-Scotland border to remember the Battle of Flodden.

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Family retrace steps of Flodden ancestors

by Katie Oakes

Events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden are continuing this week.

More than 14,000 Scottish and English soldiers died in the battle at Branxton in Northumberland on 9th September 1513.

For one family, the anniversary has particular significance because they're descended from a Scottish Borders clan which was virtually wiped out in the battle. At this year's gathering, the Elliot's retraced the footsteps of their ancestors.

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Edinburgh service to remember Battle of Flodden

The battle standard outside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The battle standard outside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. Credit: ITV news

A service of commemoration was held in Edinburgh this morning to mark 500 years since the battle of Flodden.

Around 14,000 men died in three hours of fierce fighting on September 9, 1513.

King James IV of Scotland became the last British monarch to die on British soil.

A service of commemoration was held this morning at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.
A service of commemoration was held this morning at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. Credit: ITV news
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Flodden flag unveiled

A special ceremony to remember the men from the Borders who fought - and died - in the battle of Flodden began on Thursday. A flag created for the 500th anniversary was unveiled after a service at the Flodden memorial.

It's just a few days until the anniversary of the battle that claimed thousands of Scots and English lives. Jenny Longden reports.

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