Philiphaugh battle app, boards and books launched

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk
Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk
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Over 50 people attended the launch of the interpretation of the Battle of Philiphaugh at the conflict site on the outskirts of Selkirk on Saturday.

Philiphaugh Estate’s Sir Michael Strang Steel, local historian Walter Elliot, Julie Nock, manager of the battlefield reinterpretation project, First Marquis of Montrose Society chairman Lt Col Malcolm McVittie and re-enactors assembled at the 1645 battlefield to unveil interpretation boards, booklets, leaflets and a mobile phone app.

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk

Julie said: “It went well. We’ve had a few people walking up and down the battle site since. People will come from far and wide to see a battle site. It’s good for the area.”

The 17th-century conflict proved to be a turning point in the history of the United Kingdom when the Royalist army of the Marquis of Montrose was beaten by the Covenanter army of Sir David Leslie.

The two-year £29,500 project, funded by LEADER, Scottish Borders Council and the Philiphaugh Trust, involved an archeological dig and the help of 42 volunteers in research, battlefield walks, archaeology, including metal detecting, cataloguing and excavation. The First Marquis of Montrose Society gave a stone and plaque in memory of those in the battle.

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk

Opening of the Philiphaugh Battle walk