Sunday, August 28, 2011

Battle of Newburn

‘On 28th August, 1640, the battle of Newburn was fought. The Scots entered the ford, girdle deep, and after silencing the artillery by their superior fire, made their way across the river, and the English fled with a speed and disorder unworthy of their national reputation.’

The text above is from Walter Scott’s “Tales of a Grandfather”.  The Battle of Newburn was part of the Second Bishop’s War.  Scottish Covenanters under General Alexander Leslie were victorious in this fight against English Royalists under Lord Edward Conway.

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