The long forgotton Flodden war horses

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Soldiers weren’t the only casualties at the Battle of Flodden, and children can now find out about these long forgotten casualties – the horses.

Through 500-year-old a document from the National Archives, which has been transcribed by Flodden volunteers, it has come to light that after their owners had fled the field or been killed, 297 horses were given away after the battle.

This amazing document gives in depth detail into each horse, its colour, stance and new owner.

Linda Bankier, Berwick Archivist and head of the team of Transcribers of the document, commented: “The catalogued horses were distributed in Northumberland, Cumberland, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. It is thought that the horses were given out to people who were still up North and had taken part in the Battle of Flodden.

“The volunteers that took part in the transcription thoroughly enjoyed the process, this was a document that had not been read for hundreds of years. To get such great detail on the colours, size even the description of ears of horses from that time was quite unprecedented and really very special.”

The result of this research will be displayed to the public for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, March 29/30, at Heatherslaw Mill, one of over 40 Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites. This will be combined with a range associated family activities.

Jane Miller, Education Officer for Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, said: “We really think the two days will attract a great deal of interest. The activities on the day will range from clay modelling, to creating horses from felt and the children will also be involved in writing our very own horse document complete with quill to replicate the original.

“It is very important to the Flodden Ecomuseum team that children of all ages have the opportunity to learn about the battle which helped shape our nation.”

Through this event we are enabling the children to recreate a little bit of history with their own clay models. We’ll also have our very own ‘war horse’ on site as Milfield Heavy Horse Association are bringing along one of their impressive Clydesdale horses.

If you would like to take part in this activity or get information on activities in connection with Flodden 1513 please visit or contact Jane Miller, Education Officer -