NY5691 : Cross Border track approaching Bloody Bush

taken 3 years ago, 4 km from Dinlabyre, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Cross Border track approaching Bloody Bush
Cross Border track approaching Bloody Bush
Old maps show a 'Site of Battle' at Bloody Bush. It was in fact more of a nasty skirmish (or 'sanguinary encounter', as James Logan Mack tells it) between Border Reivers. A party of english raiders had camped here overnight and were found and killed by Liddesdale men. The exact date is unknown but likely to have been in the C15th or 16th centuries.

The old road between Lewisburn in Tynedale and Dinlabyre in Liddesdale was a major thoroughfare between the two valleys. Until the coming of the trains in the 1860s, it was used to carry coal from collieries at Lewisburn and Plashetts to fuel the woollen mills of the Scottish Borders.

The road was well surfaced in its later years, with good bridges on the eastern side LinkExternal link

The Toll Pillar was set up by the two landowners in the 1830s and is a substantial structure some 15 feet high with an inscribed plaque on its north side.

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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 7 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Woodland, Forest  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Track 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5694 9105 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:12.7083N 2:40.6944W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 56894 91061
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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