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 (???? - 1799 AD) Pre-19th Century Battles    
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Battle of Dunbar in 1296
Posted on: 11/30/2016 8:31:17 AM
On 23 April 1296, as a precursor to advancing on to Edinburgh, Edward sent John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey north to secure Dunbar Castle. Fully aware the defences were inadequate to repel such a significant force, the garrison sent a plea for help to King John who was camped at Haddington, some 10 miles to the west.

As Surrey arrived at Dunbar, immediately beginning siege-works against the castle, King John dispatched a force to fight the English. Under the command of John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (Red Comyn), the mounted elements of the Scottish army advanced on the English position.


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Re: Battle of Dunbar in 1296
Posted on: 11/30/2016 11:18:57 AM

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Outraged Edward raised an army to deal with the threat and by March 1296 the two countries were at war; the Scots launched a failed attack on Carlisle Castle on 26 March but this was followed by a brutal English assault on Berwick on 30 March.

The sacking of the latter, Scotland's largest port and a thriving mercantile community, was designed to awe King John into submission. After one month militarising Berwick, Edward commenced preparations for penetration into southern Scotland.

A key installation along the coastal road was Dunbar Castle which although owned by Patrick, Earl of March - who supported Edward I - had been handed over by the Earl's wife, Marjory Comyn, to the forces of King John.


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Re: Battle of Dunbar in 1296
Posted on: 12/1/2016 5:57:43 AM
The English army was led by John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey - John Balliol's father-in-law and a competent military commander with previous experience fighting in Wales. It is likely his force consisted of almost entirely mounted men.

King John had not accompanied his army to Dunbar and instead placed John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (Red Comyn) in charge. However, the Scottish forces also included numerous other high status magnates including John de Strathbogie (Earl of Atholl), Alexander (Earl of Menteith) and William (Earl of Ross) all of which undoubtedly confused the command chain.

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Re: Battle of Dunbar in 1296
Posted on: 12/1/2016 9:15:17 PM
Hi Jim,

Cool website on the Battle, the Scottish castle sure is in a beautiful setting! (more pics, & history on the battle)

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Re: Battle of Dunbar in 1296
Posted on: 12/2/2016 5:34:27 AM
Hi Dave-this piece of history comes from the area where I was born and raised ie.the Royal and Ancient Borough of Berwick on Tweed-Dunbar is not far away.If you would like to learn more of this town and it's historic past-it had been sacked and burned many times over the centuries until Queen Elizabeth 1


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