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I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Knights/esquires/men at arms at Otterburn

As the title of the post says,

English knights/esquires/men at arms.

Sir Henry Percy,
Sir Ralf Percy,
Sir John Copledyke,
Sir Robert Ogle,
Sir Thomas Gray,
Sir John de Lilburn, (or Lierbon?),
Sir Mathew Redman,
Sir John Felton,
Sir William Valsincon,
Sir Robert Angle (Gov of Berwick),
Sir Thomas Halcon,
Sir William Warrichon,
Sir Thomas Boynton,
Sir Ralf Mowbray,
The Barron of Helcon,
Sir John de Chateauneuf,
Sir Raymond Delaval,
Sir Ralf Lumley,
Sir Ralf Eure,
Sir Thomas Hilton
Sir William Hilton
Sir Thomas Abbington
Sir William Wallsingham
Sir Robert Umfraville
Sir Thomas Umfraville (maybe there?)
 Nicholas Reymes esquire,
Thomas Felton esquire
Alyen Horsle esquire
John Brian
David Holgrave
John Marshalle
Robert alias Richard Cundcylf
Robert Ward
John Preston
Jean de Cantiron.
Jean de Castelnau
Peter de Tilliol,
Janico Dartasso
John Garro
Walter Shirland or Skirlaw (Bishop of Durham), or could have been John Fordham.
Sir William Lucy (with the Bishop of Durham's force),
Sir Thomas Clifford (with the Bishop of Durham's force), 

Scottish knights/esquires/men at arms:

Sir George Abernethy,
Sir William Dalzell,
Archibald Douglas,
James second Earl of Douglas and Mar,
Sir Malcom Drummond,
George earl of Dunbar and March,
Sir George Dunbar,
John Dunbar earl of Moray,
Sir Patrick Dunbar,
Sir John Edmonstone,
Sir Thomas Erskine,
Sir David Fleming,
Sir Alexander Frazer,
Simon Glendinning,
Adam Glendinning,
Sir John de Haga,
Sir John Haliburton,
Sir Robert Hart,
Sir Patrick Hepburn,
Sir Robert Lauder,
Sir James Lindsay,
Sir Alexander Lindsay,
Sir John Lindsay,
Richard Lundie,
Sir John Maxwell,
Sir John Montgomery,
Sir Henry Preston,
Sir Alexander Ramsay,
Sir William Ruthven,
Sir James Sandilands,
Sir John Sinclair,
Sir Walter Sinclair,
Sir William Stewart,
Sir John Swinton,
Sir John Towers,
Sir William Wardlaw.

Obviously I haven't included all of the names mentioned above in the figures I've painted for the two armies or else I'd be doing the thing on a 1:1 scale! but I have done quite a few and sadly enough have put their details on the bottom of each base, I've been doing this too long.

Many of these I have researched from Froissart, along with help from Charlie Wesencraft, my thanks to him.
The vast amount of the information for the above comes from firstly the Ospray Campaign book Otterburn 1388 by Peter Armstrong, and secondly by his other book entitled The battle of Otterburn 1388 through Lynda Armstrong Designs. Both are very informative but I would particularly recommend the second as in addition to many of the above names Pete includes comprehensive information on each individual mentioned with sources for each. This book can be found at the Border miniatures site here.
Also check out these sites for heraldry etc:
A good little article on the Scots Common army here:

If you do figures for this period it must be remembered that there was very little difference between the armour, dress and weaponry for either side (though the Scots had a few more spears than the English bill hooks). They only came from either side of the border, the Scots did have a few longbowmen in their armies and in this instance the English didn't use theirs correctly as Hotspur left them at the rear while he charged off after the Scots. But in essence both sides were very similar.
Don't forget many of the figures here can be used for other encounters such as Humbleton Hill 1402 and thrown in at Shrewsbury 1403 (careful though, the Percy crest would have been different for this last battle and would have been as depicted in the command vignette photo below).

Hope this will be helpful for anyone interested in this battle
Enough for now.


  1. Hi,

    just got the link from David's blog and i must say that I'm very impressed with the depth of detail you have undertaken with the Battle of Otterburn posts!

    Fantastic stuff and I hope to see more Late Medieval stuff soon(?).


  2. Cheers Darrell, some pictures of the figures were taken for one of the magazines, Wargames illustrated I think so when they do I will be able to post the pictures on here (copyright and all that).