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Battle of Carham anniversary set for 2018

The Tweed at Carham forming the border between England and Scotland

The Tweed at Carham forming the border between England and Scotland

The 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham looks likely to be marked in 2018.

Dr Alex Woolfe, Medieval history expert from St Andrews University met council archaeologist Dr Christ Bowles, and Geoffrey Cart and Battlefield Trust members Clive Hallam-Baker, the conclusion at this stage being that the battle probably took place in 1018 rather than 1016.

The anniversary of the battle that settled the River Tweed as the border between England and Scotland is drawing near, but there has been confusion over whether the battle fought in 1016 or 1018 and its exact location.

Historians have long argued about the actual year of the Battle of Carham, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Coldstream and often described as more of a skirmish than a battle.

The North-east and Scottish Borders Battlefields Trust, who are in the early stages of planning the commemoration, had asked for guidance before deciding whether to mark the anniversary in 2016 or 2018.

Want to get involved? Contact Clive on 01890 830482, or email clivehb@gamil.com

 

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