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Battle Site (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Athelstaneford

Classification Battle Site (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 56287

Site Number NT57NW 16

NGR NT 5392 7840

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Athelstaneford
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT57NW 16 5392 7840

See also NT57NW 13, NT57NW 14, NT57NW 17.

(NT 5392 7840) Supposed Site of Battle (NR) (9th Century)

OS 6" map (1854)

A little way from Haddington is Athelstanford, so called from Athelstan, an English commander slain here with his troops about 815.

W Camden 1789

Athelstan is supposed to have been killed in battle at Lug Down Burn, near the village of Athelstaneford.

OSA 1794

No further information.

Visited by OS (BS) 14 July 1981

This battle is said to have taken place between the Scots and the Saxons in 815, the latter being defeated and their leader killed as they crossed the Cogtail Burn in flight (see NT57NW 17). The northern and southern limits of the battlefield are marked by the standing stones described on NT57NW 13 and NT57NW 14.

Name Book 1853.


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