Battle of Piper Dene - 2 versions


Site of the Battle of Piperdean, from Piperdean Bridge

Battle of Piperdean

Douglas, Hepburn and Ramsay defeat Sir Robert Ogle and Percy.  Reconstruction by Andrew Spratt

The Battle of Piperdean (1436) was an engagement in the Scottish Borders, fought between the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England.

An English force led by George de Dunbar, 11th Earl of March and Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland attempted to take the forfeited Dunbar Castle, back from William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus who as Warden of the Scottish Marches had invested the castle the previous summer. Percy and Dunbar came north with some 4000 men.

Angus did not want to undergo a siege, and decided to pre-empt the English by attacking them en route. The English were surprised by the Scots, though there was little loss of life, 1500 English prisoners were taken.