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Nechtansmere Battlefield. Angus

This haunting has been witnessed by a woman walking alone at night over the area of the battle.

This haunting has been witnessed by a woman walking alone at night over the area of the battle.

She saw several soldiers in old dress, carrying lit torches, checking the corpses which lay strewn about their feet. The Battle of Nechtansmere that was fought in 685 AD. 21st May 685 – the Battle of Dunnichen (also known as Battle of Nechtansmere) was fought between the Picts and Northumbrians in Angus, in what is now Scotland. The Northumbrians were a Germanic people whose kingdom was in what is now Northern England and part of Southern Scotland and the Picts were Celtic.

The Pict commander was Bridei III and the Northumbrian commander was Ecgfrith. The Battle was a victory for the Picts and afterwards Northumbria’s existence was virtually wiped out in the area that later became Southern Scotland and occupied just what is now Northern England. Northumbria (or Northumberland) is now the most northerly county in England after King Alfred (known to the English as “The Father of England”) unified all the Germanic kingdoms together to form what is now England.

The Battle of Dunnichen (Welsh: Linn garan) or Battle of Nechtansmere was fought between the Picts and Northumbrians on May 21st 685, near Forfar, Angus. It ended in a decisive Pictish victory and severely weakened Northumbria’s power in northern Britain.

The Northumbrians had been gradually extending their territory to the north, their constituent kingdom of Bernicia having captured Edinburgh from the Gododdin around 638. For the next thirty years they established political dominance over the Kingdoms of Strathclyde (which was in the area that is now South West Scotland and North West England) and Dál Riata, as well as Pictish Fortriu.

King Ecgfrith of Northumbria invaded lands held by the Picts in 685, apparently to stop them from raiding to the south. They met in battle on May 21 near Dunnichen; the Picts pretended to retreat, drawing the Northumbrians into the swamp of Dunnichen. The Pictish King Bridei III killed Ecgfrith and destroyed his army and enslaved many of the survivors. After the battle, Northumbria’s influence never again extended past the Firth of Forth.

Little is known about the actual battle; it was briefly described by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century.

Glamis Castle. Angus

The ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore, Shakespeare chose Glamis Castle as the setting for ‘Macbeth’.

The ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore, Shakespeare chose Glamis Castle as the setting for ‘Macbeth’.

Lady Glamis wife of the 6th Earl is said to haunt the castle. Burned at the stake, her ghost is seen with a glow floating above the clock tower.

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