Scots look to take on the English – 500 years later

Jim Craig: hoping to hit the spot with new competition, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden
Jim Craig: hoping to hit the spot with new competition, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden

IN THE latest skirmish between Scotland and England, the Scots were pipped at the post at Wembley.

And 500 years ago, the English won by a lot more, cleaving through their neighbours in the Flodden massacre.

But on Sunday, the Scottish longbow men and women will look to claw back some respectability in the Flodden Clout tournament.

Organiser Jim Craig of the Ettrick Forest club, said: “We aim to have as many entrants as possible, but scoring for the trophy – the Flodden Shield, donated by Flodden 500 of Selkirk – will be based on the scores of eight ladies and juniors and eight gentlemen per team.

“Individuals will also be shooting for silver and bronze Ettrick Forest Archers medals, awarded for highest combined double clout scores, single round scores and a shoot-off by ends.”

Two rounds each of 36 arrows will be shot. Ladies and juniors will shoot at 120 yds, and gentlemen at 180 yds. Those who have recorded the highest amount of best ends will compete in the shoot-off.

The competition will take place at Thirladean, near Selkirk, assembly at 10.30am for an 11am start. It is hoped that this will be an annual shoot, which would appear in the British Longbow Society’s events guide.

Full details and maps are are available by emailing Jim on evandjimcraig@yahoo.co.uk