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1388 - Battle Of Otterburn
The Battle of Otterburn is remembered as the fight where ‘a dead man won the field’.
A Scottish attack was made in Northumberland on Henry Percy and his estates, led by James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Douglas, on the 5 August 1388. During the fighting, Douglas was very badly wounded.
He told his officers to hide him in a bush so that news of his mortal injuries would not sway the battle. The fighting continued brutally all through the night until Percy eventually recognised defeat and asked a Scots knight to whom he should surrender.
The anonymously-written ‘Ballad of Otterburn’ romantically relates the knight’s reply:-
Thou shalt not yield to lord nor loon,
Nor yet shalt thou to me,
But yield thee to the bracken bush
Grows on yonder lilye-lee.
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