The Tudor Society

September 10 – The 1547 Battle of Pinkie Cleugh

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 10th September 1547, the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh took place in Edward VI's reign.

The battle, also known as the Battle of Pinkie, took place near Musselburgh, in Scotland, on the banks of the River Esk. Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, led the English forces and defeated the Scots, killing between 6,000 and 15,000 of them.

It was a bloody battle, but it had started off well for the Scots.

What happened?

Let me share an eye-witness account of how the battle changed so dramatically...

Roger Knox's video on the battle:

William Patten's detailed account can be read at

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