Today (2nd July) is the anniversary of one of the largest battles ever fought on British soil, the Battle of Marston Moor.

The Battle of Marston Moor was fought just outside York on 2nd July 1644 and was part of the English Civil War. What does that have to do with Scotland, I hear you say? Well, the army opposing Charles I’s Royalist army was a combined force of English Parliamentarians and Scottish Covenanters, in fact the approximately 16,000 Covenanters made up the largest part of the allied army. It was their involvement that tipped the battle in favour of Parliament and ended Charles I’s control in the North of England. The battle lasted only two hours and resulted in around 4000 Royalist dead and 1500 captured. The Scots-Parliamentary army suffered only around 300 dead.

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