Athelstaneford / Battle Of Athelstaneford
- HER number: MEL888
- Site Name: Athelstaneford / Battle Of Athelstaneford
- Grid Reference: 353920 678400
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Battlefield (Early Medieval)
- Summary: Site of battle, c. 815
- Description: NT57NW 16 5392 7840
See also NT57NW 13, 14 and 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.
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 14.
Name Book 1853.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Camden, W. 1789. Britannia. Vol.3, 303.
- Bibliographic reference: OSA. 1791-9. The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes. Vol.10, 161.
- Bibliographic reference: Name Book (County). Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey. Book No.31, 17, 55.