Midlothian’s 100 objects - the Battle of Roslin

Roslin Heritage Society built a cairn to commemorate the Battle of Roslin

Roslin Heritage Society built a cairn to commemorate the Battle of Roslin

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The Battle of Roslin (February 24, 1303) is one of the less well-known battles in Scottish history when a Scottish army consisting of around 8,000 men routed an English army of up to 30,000.

In 1994, volunteers from Roslin Heritage Society built a cairn to commemorate the battle at Dryden/Mountmarle Farm. Accounts speak of the English army being divided up into three divisions, commanded by Sir John Segrave (or John de Segrave), Ralph Manton and Sir Robert Neville.

While in their respective camps, the English divisions were taken by surprise by John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch . The Scots drove the English knights over the steep sides of Roslin Glen and cut down their English prisoners.

Several placenames commemorate the battle, such as Shinbanes Field, Hewan and Killburne.

Photo courtesy Roslin Heritage Society

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