Battle of Sark added to Scotland’s battlefields inventory

The battle was fought near the Lochmaben Stone, part of a stone circle dating back to 3000BC. Picture: geograph.co.uk

The battle was fought near the Lochmaben Stone, part of a stone circle dating back to 3000BC. Picture: geograph.co.uk

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The site of the Battle of Sark has been added to Scotland’s Inventory of Historic Battlefields taking the total to 40.

The 1448 clash was the first decisive Scots victory over the English since the Battle of Otterburn, 60 years earlier and was the final pitched battle between the two during the Hundred Years War.

The inventory aims to raise awareness of ‘important battlefield sites.’

Historic Environment Scotland’s Philip Robertson said: “Following an application from a member of the public, we carried out further research into the Battle of Sark, and found that it met the criteria to be added to the inventory.

“The battle was fought during a fascinating and tumultuous period of Scottish history, and we hope that by adding it to the inventory we will raise awareness of the battlefield site, stimulate further research around it, and develop its potential as an educational resource and site for visitors.”

The English lost between 2,000 and 3,000 men, including a number who drowned due to a rising tide, while the number of Scots who lost their lives is estimated to be around 600, despite one source putting the number of Scots casualties at as low as 26.

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