PINKIE 1547

The bloody fight for the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots
THE BATTLE OF PINKIE CLEUGH
When James V of Scots died suddenly in 1542, he left a baby daughter as his heir. The heirs to throne of both England and France vied for her hand in marriage. Such a wedding would unit the crowns... Henry VIII was determined that Mary, Queen of Scots, must marry his son. But the Scots rejected his proposals, and the king was mad with rage.

In September 1547, with Henry gone and the young Edward VI wearing the crown, the king's uncle Somerset led a powerful English army across the border to bring about the betrothal. But James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, raised a massive Scottish army to resist him. Putting aside the divisions of the Reformation, the Scots rallied to block the road to their capital near Musselburgh. Their position was strong. But when they saw Somerset intended to bombard them from Inveresk, they decided to attack.

The English were initially caught out by the sudden Scottish advance, and they threw their heavy cavalry forward to slow the attack down. It was costly, but it worked. Disordered and immobile in a ploughed and boggy field, the Scottish pike blocks were now at the mercy of the arrows, hakbutts and cannons of their adversaries. Eventually they could endure it no more and they broke to flee the slaughter. Thousands perished as the English cavalry exacted a bloody revenge.

But Somerset's victory proved to be vain. Rather than give up the infant queen to England, Arran sent Mary to France and she later married the Dauphin. The bitter and bloody three-way war which now devastated the south of Scotland became increasingly futile once the Queen was overseas, and eventually the English accepted their strategy had failed.

Mary would later return to Scotland to rule in her own right, until a succession of further failed marriages led to her downfall.
RE-ENACTMENT EVENT
16-17 September 2017
Newhailes Estate (NTS), Musselburgh, EH21 6RY
Open 11am-5pm both days
Tickets: £6 adult / £3 child   (car park £3 per vehicle)
We're assembling some of Britain's finest re-enactment societies to present, for the first time, a recreation of the Battle of Pinkie.


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Join us in the beautiful grounds of Newhailes as we go back in time to 1547.

Visit the stalls and information tents to find souvenirs, food & drink, and information about the Battle of Pinkie. You might even meet an author or two signing their books!

Explore the living history encampaments, watching as the two rival armies prepare for war. Follow the fortunes of the two commanders by listening in on their plans, and witness the English army's march into East Lothian as the Scots gather to block their path.

Then see the drama and spectacle of 16th century warfare as the Battle of Pinkie unfolds before you with booming cannon and thundering cavalry charges!

Other activities include childrens' crafts, have-a-go archery, and a chance to get up close to some amazing birds of prey!

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HOW TO GET THERE
The event is taking place in the parkland at NEWHAILES HOUSE, a fascinating 18th century property in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Follow the yellow AA road signs which will direct you to the event from the A1 and Musselburgh. Enter via the main gate and National Trust for Scotland staff will direct you to the parking area (£3 per vehicle, payable to NTS).

From the car park follow the signed paths into the woods, emerging after a short walk into the sixteenth century!


IMPORTANT ADVICE:

Please note dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Do not allow dogs to foul on the premises please.

Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear.

The battle displays will feature loud bangs and shouting.

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink but please take away your rubbish.

There will only be limited outdoor seating (bales) so please bring camping chairs etc if you wish to be seated during the displays.

Battle re-enactments can be dangerous - never cross beneath ropes or pass beyond areas signed as off-limits.

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