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Carham Parish, Northumberland, United kIngdom

Local History

The English/Scottish border region has had a turbulent history, Border warfare in Branxton; Carham and Wark saw some of the bloodiest fighting.

Battles between the Scots and English across the border area were regular and ferocious. Local battles took place at Carham and Wark, but better known is the Battle of Flodden, which took place near the village of Branxton on September 9th 1513. This year commemorates 500 years since the battle, where thousands of soldiers form both sides of the Border lost their lives.


Please click on the History links opposite for more information about the Archaeology, History, the Battles of Carham and Flodden and also forthcoming history related Events.



This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. We have not yet been able to prove that any son of the village died in the battle, although one, JR Reid was wounded on 5 July 1916 while serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers.Subsequently he was declared missing in action on 3 May 1917.

Early research suggests that two more of the thirteen people named on the War Memorial died on the same day (3 May 1917), although they were serving in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers

John Dalgleish has been positively identified as being Killed in Action in Gallipoli on 12 July 1915, aged 24, when serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers


Have you got some time to help with the research?

If so, contact Eric Grounds on 01890 850616 or Email:


Excavations at Wark Castle 2014

A successful and well attended (despite the frequent rain) season of excavations was carried out at Wark Castle during the first 10 days of April 2014. Following geophysical survey carried out with volunteers in early March 2014, five features were targeted for excavations. Of these 4 proved to be man-made and one proved to be a natural geological/glacial feature.

As with all Flodden 1513 project excavations you may have seen both daily reports from the supervisors and also daily volunteer blogs on the iFlodden website - ... For those who missed them or who wish to catch up on what happened they can be found on the iFlodden News Pages.

There are also photographs on the iFlodden website including those of the key finds including the arrow head found in trench 3 and of the site itself and the archaeological photographic record.

These excavations set out to prove that the field to the west of Wark Castle, far from being just another pasture was actually once part of the castle. Through geophysical survey and excavation the dedicated team of volunteers who braved just about all kinds of weather (with the exception of snow) have successfully demonstrated that this important border castle located on the southern shore of the Tweed was once twice as large as we understand it to be today.

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