Friday, 10 December 2010

Scottish Earls at Flodden

The three flag in this post belong to three Scottish Earls who fought in the centre battle under the command of King James IV. The flags are speculative and are taken from their coat of arms, so they may not be 100% accurate.
The first flag is for David Kennedy, 3rd Lord Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassillis, (pronounced Cassels). Cassillis was a Scottish peer, the son of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy. Invested as a Knight on 29 January 1487/88 by King James III, he wed Agnes Borthwick, daughter of Sir William Borthwick, 2nd Lord Borthwick, before July 1489. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Lord Kennedy between 1508 and 1509. Shortly thereafter, on 9 August 1509, he married his second wife, Margaret Boyd, daughter of Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran and Princess Mary Stewert of Scotland. Cassillis died while fighting at Flodden.
The second flag belonged to John Douglas, the 2nd Earl of Morton. Morton was the son of James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton and Princess Joan of Scotland, Countess of Morton, daughter of James I of Scotland. He became earl in 1493, upon his father's death. He was succeeded by his son James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton after he met his end during the Battle of Flodden.
The last flag belonged to William Leslie, the 3rd Earl of Rothes. Rothes only succeeded his elder brother George in March 1513,  he had considerable trouble in making good his title to the family inheritance; and before his difficulties with the Crown were removed he was killed at Flodden.


  1. I wouldn't want to go into battle waving a CND flag.

  2. It does look like the CND badge!

  3. The last flag, The Earl of Rothes, has the 3 buckles on it, they look similar to the badge for the CND, (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)