In 1910 the Flodden Monument was erected on Piper’s Hill to remember the fallen of both sides.  The memorial cross is positioned approximately where the English formed their battle lines.  A plaque on the north side of the monument states:


In Memory of the Fallen

Ceremonies take place each year to commemorate the fallen:

Since 1951 the people of Coldstream have been annually holding a Civic Week where the highlight is a pilgrimage to Branxton Hill where they remember the fallen of both nations.

The highlight of the week is the mass mounted cavalcade, which sets off from the town on the Thursday to Branxton Hill. Here the Coldstreamer and the other Border principals pay homage to the brave of both nations who fell at the battle of Flodden in 1513.

At noon on Thursday, in the first full week of August, this battle of Flodden is commemorated by a ride out led by the ‘Coldstreamer’, a young man who is elected to carry the town standard for the week’s festivities.

The Flodden 1531 Club commemorate the fallen of the Scottish Army annually by holding a ceremony on the anniversary of the battle.

The club carries out a short ceremony at the Battle of Flodden War Memorial, near Branxton Village, in North Northumberland at 7pm on 9 September each year. Club officials commemorate James IV & the Scots who died with him on that bloody battlefield when the Scots army was completely overwhelmed and most of the Scots nobility and youth of the country was wiped out in a few hours. A wreath is laid and a local piper, normally Pipe Major Robert Bell or his son, Piper Duncan Bell, play the bagpipes. Members of the public are made welcome at this ceremony.

Field of Memories

***Index to my posts on Flodden.***

11 Comments CherryPie on Nov 5th 2009

11 Responses to “The Flodden Memorial”

  1. jameshigham says:

    Was that a plague on the north side or a plaque? I brought my wrong glasses today.

  2. CherryPie says:

    Can a monument get a plague??

  3. Phidelm says:

    A fitting – and timely – finale to your series, Cherie, informative as ever + great, atmospheric pix. And I love the idea of a mounted cavalcade: very much in keeping with the historic spirit of the exercise, & also the very best way to travel through any landscape(not that I’m biased ;-) ). Bon weekend xx.

    • CherryPie says:

      I am glad you enjoyed the series. All that needs to be done now is an index post so everything links together if people come across it later.

      I have to confess to never having ridden a horse.

  4. Phidelm says:

    PS appreciate the echo in the masthead pic. And so pleased to see the poppy + its unfailingly moving inscription – you’re brilliant at this graphics business!

  5. jpt says:

    The top shot is great – the sky is just perfect.

  6. Ellee says:

    I think it is great that we remember these special battle dates; they played such an important part in where we are now and why.

  7. Pat Moran says:

    Is there an inscription on the memorial, I cannot find a picture with light on the surface to read one if there.

    An old seaman from Berwick tells me that before the present memorial was erected there was a simple single rough stone bearing the saddest epitaph of all
    “Oh Flodden Field”
    Down the ages this conveys the grief of a nation more than any grand Monument.

    Is that stone still there and if not does any one know where it is.