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Battle of Duns
Part of the Anglo-Scottish Wars
LocationDuns, Berwickshire, Scotland
Result Decisive Scottish victory
Royal Arms of the Kingdom of Scotland.svg Kingdom of Scotland Royal Arms of England (1340-1367).svg Kingdom of England
Commanders and leaders
Redvers.svg Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland
thousands 7,000

The Battle of Duns (alternatively The Battle of Duns Park) was an engagement fought in 1372 near the site of the present day town of Duns, Berwickshire.

Background and battle[]

In retaliation for previous Scottish raids, Henry, Lord Percy, the English March Warden had invaded Scotland with 7000 troops, and had met little resistance. Having crossed the Merse, the English army camped at Duns awaiting reinforcements. The shepherds and farmers of Duns used a type of rattle out of dried skins with pebbles inside, which they used to scare wild animals away from their crops and beasts. These rattles were put to effect on the English encampment. By frightening the English horses, the English camp awoke in turmoil, in disarray and being harassed by the local peasantry, the English retired over the Border leaving their baggage behind.[1][2]

The motto of the town of Duns: 'Duns dings a'!', is supposed to have come from this battle.[citation needed]



  1. Ridpath, p.347-348
  2. Boece, p.396-397


  • The Buik of the Croniclis of Scotland : or, A metrical version of the History of Hector Boece ed. Turnbull, W.B., London 1858 [1]
  • Brenan, G., History of the House of Percy. London 1902 [2]
  • Ridpath, G., The Border History of England and Scotland. London 1776 [3]

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