Battle of Waterloo on the Borders hills

Colours Party of the Royal Scots Greys'Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
Colours Party of the Royal Scots Greys'Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Thousands of spectators attended a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo at Peniel Heugh near Jedburgh at the weekend.

It marked the two hundredth anniversary of one of the most famous British war victories, when an Anglo-allied army led by the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon’s French army.

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Organisers say the event was far more popular than they had expected, which contributed to long queues of traffic on minor approach roads.

That led to some criticism over the stewarding and car parking arrangements, and organisers were not helped later in the day by a heavy downpour right in the middle of the main event.

Overall, however, the afternoon was judged to be a great success. Organised by Lord Lothian’s steering group, the event was held at the only significant memorial to the battle in Scotland and northern England.

Lord Lothian’s ancestor, the 6th Marquis of Lothian, built the monument on the top of Peniel Heugh, 170 feet high.

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

The views from the hilltop are stunning, providing a natural amphitheatre for the large crowd to enjoy the action. The Duke of Wellington was played by Ashkirk’s equestrian Ian Stark, who won four Olympic medals in his prime.

The event featured a re-enactment by 94th of Foot, the narrative for which was done expertly by radio and television presenter Peter Snow.

The current Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Gloucester and Lord Lothian all made speeches to mark the occassion. Despite the rain, local silver bands and pipe bands, food stalls and children’s amusements entertained the crowds throughout the day.

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Val and Alan Knowles from Eyemouth in traditional costume'Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Val and Alan Knowles from Eyemouth in traditional costume'Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Reenactment at Peniel Heugh to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo