Raid of the Redeswire

Raid Of The Redeswire

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The Raid of the Redeswire was a border skirmish between England and Scotland on July 7, 1575 which took place at the Cheviot pass which enters Redesdale, between the English Warden of the Middle Marches; Sir John Forster, Sir George Heron, Keeper of Redesdale and the Keeper of Liddesdale as well as the Scottish Warden; Sir John Carmichael with George Douglas of Bonjedworth. It was the last major battle between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland.

Opposing Forces

After the Scottish defeat at Pinkie, no Anglo-Scottish battle had occurred until this. Sir John Carmichael assembled a small band of pikemen and gunmen in Liddesdale. He was preparing to meet with Sir John Forster in Carter Bar for truce, being the Lord Warden of the Marches. Sir John Forster gathered an army as well. Forster was known for double-dealing, and Carmichael knew it could turn into a battle.

The battle

The Scots met with the English under Forster, and it started with insults from both sides. The truce was not going so well, and in time it turned into a battle. It started with cannon and bow shots from the English. The English were getting the better of the infantry match. But a timely arrival of Scottish reinforcements from Jedburgh gave the Scots an advantage. They began to break the English lines. In time, the English were routed. The Scots proved victorious, and drove the English off. Forster was captured, and George Heron, along with his brother; John Heron, and many other notable...
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