Historic Midlothian battlefield site set for recognition

The Battlefield is believed to be on the land beyond this gate. View in the direction of Woodhouselee and Carketton.

The Battlefield is believed to be on the land beyond this gate. View in the direction of Woodhouselee and Carketton.

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A Midlothian site could be included in Historic Scotland’s Inventory of Historic Battlefields.

The Battle of Rullion Green was fought on the slopes of the Pentland Hills in November 1666 when the 3,000-strong Scottish Royal Army defeated 900 Covenanters.

Historic Scotland has prepared the second of three tranches of Scotland’s most important battlefields for possible inclusion in the inventory.

In the first phase in March, 17 battlefields were added including some of Scotland’s most famous battles such as Culloden in 1746 and Bannockburn in 1314.

The second phase consists of 11 battlefields each considered to be of national importance for the contribution they make to Scotland’s archaeology and history.

As well as Rullion Green, overlooking Penicuik, battlefields include Stirling Bridge (1297) and Linlithgow Bridge (1526). Other sites are in Aberdeenshire, West Lothian, Highlands and South Lanarkshire.

Consultation for the battlefields on the list will be open until September 30 and responses are invited through the website – www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/battlefieldconsultation.

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