Cairn will tell the history of Eyemouth Fort

Artist reconstruction of Eyemouth Fort featuring French soliders, figures and horses in the scene.
Artist reconstruction of Eyemouth Fort featuring French soliders, figures and horses in the scene.

For the best part of 500 years, the international importance of Eyemouth Fort has been ignored, but not any longer.

In just a few short years, the Friends of Eyemouth Fort have researched the fort’s history and raised its profile before the headland on which it stands is lost to the sea through erosion.

The latest step is to erect a cairn at the fort entrance including an illustration and information, correct both historically and archaeologically, and showing how the fort would have looked in the mid-1500s.

St Andrews University has been involved in the project all the way along, confirming historical details and creating the 3D interactive model of fort life in 1550 housed in Eyemouth Museum.

The cairn and signage about the fort should be in place in the next couple of months, and together with information leaflets and the story told in Eyemouth Museum, they will offer a better understanding of Eyemouth’s role in relations between Scotland, France and England.

The fort was built by the English in 1547 during the ‘Rough Wooing’, a period of war between England and Scotland as Henry VIII tried to marry off his son Edward to Mary, later Queen of Scots. They then abandoned it, and 10 years later it was occupied by the French.