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On This Day: The Black Douglas Retakes Roxburgh Castle

Wars of Scottish Independence

19 February 2017

 

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On the 19th February 1314, James Douglas, also known as the Black Douglas, retook Roxburgh Castle from the English with a small force of around 60 men. With no heavy siege equipment available, Douglas and his men supposedly disguised themselves as cows and moved slowly forward to the castle walls. Once at the walls they then used scaling hooks and rope ladders to climb up and into the castle, taking the English by complete surprise and inflicting heavy casualties.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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