Skirmish at Drumlanrig

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Drumlanrig was the scene of a long running fight between Scots and English in February 1548. The medieval castle was situated in the East March of Scotland, overlooking the Nith valley, often the route for reivers from both sides of the border.

A night invasion by the English from Carlisle was intended to push as far north as possible, only to be meet by several groups of Scots, led and organised by Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus.

In a series of skirmishes and ambushes the English forces were pushed southwards. Whilst not technically a battle, the encounter was seen as a turning point in the conflict on the eastern marches, and as a result more Scots would join up to fight.

The English took prisoners, among them a son of Hugh, fourth Lord Somerville.

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