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Dates refer to end or duration of battle or rebellion.


Ancrum Moor, Battle of

27 February 1545. English defeated by the Scots at Ancrum Moor.

Blackheath, Battle of

17 June 1497.The battle at the end of the Cornish Rebellion, with Giles, Lord Daubeney victorious over the rebel leaders. Sometimes referred to as The Battle of Deptford Bridge.

Bosworth Field, Battle of

22 August 1485. Henry Tudor's forces defeated the army of Richard III at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire (near the town of Market Bosworth). Richard III was killed in the battle and Henry Tudor succeeded as Henry VII. Henry's forces were substantially aided by Sir William Stanley's troops deserting to the Tudor side.

Carberry Hill, Battle of

15 June 1567. Scottish nobles were victorious at Carberry Hill (near Edinburgh). The Earl of Bothwell fled after the defeat.

Cornish Rebellion

1497. 15,000 Cornish rebels marched against London to protest taxes for a war in Scotland. The leaders were Lord Audley, Michael Joseph and Thomas Flamank. Leaders executed and rebels heavily fined. Ended by the Battle of Blackheath.

Deputy's Pass

29 May 1599. Earl of Essex's army defeated in Ireland at Deputy's Pass, County Wicklow.

Dussindale, Battle of

27 August 1549. The battle that ended Kett's Rebellion. Forces of foreign mercenaries led by the Earl of Warwick.

Essex Rebellion

February 1601. The Earl of Essex created a conspiracy and tried to raise London in his support to move against Elizabeth. The rebellion fails and he was executed on 25 February 1601.

Flodden, Battle of

7-9 September 1513. Battle between James IV of Scotland and Henry VIII of England. James IV was killed and succeeded by James V who was an infant. His mother, Margaret Tudor (sister to Henry VIII), took over as Regent.

Kett's Rebellion

12 July 1549. Robert Kett (a Norfolk tanner and landowner) and his followers camped near Norwich in protest against enclosures and exploitation. They also expressed problems with the clergy but adopted the new Prayer Book. The rebellion was defeated at the Battle of Dussindale on 27 August.

Kinsale, Battle of

24 December1601. Irish forces of Tyrone and Tyrconnel aided by the Spanish battle the English and are defeated.

Northern Earls Rebellion

November 1569. The Duke of Norfolk was imprisoned in the Tower and the Earls of Northumberland and Westmoreland were asked to answer for their part in a conspiracy to marry the Duke of Norfolk and Mary Queen of Scots. The earls rebelled. On 14 November the rebels entered Durham and restored Catholic worship in its cathedral. They retreated when the Earl of Sussex raised an army against them.

Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion

October 1537 to 1537. A revolt in defence of the old religion and the economy in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumberland, Westmorland, Northumberland and Durham in 1536. Leaders tried and executed following additional unrest in early 1537.

Pinkie, Battle of

10 September 1547. The Scots are defeated by Somerset's army.

Samford Courtenay, Battle of

18 August 1549. Defeat of the western rebels (see below) by Lord John Russell near Okehampton.

Solway Moss, Battle of

24 November 1541. Scots defeated by the English.

Spurs, Battle of

16 August 1513. Henry VIII led an army of 35,000 from England and lands at Calais. Battle of Spurs at Therouanne (16 August), which surrendered six days later.

Stoke, Battle of

16 June 1487. Near Newark (not Stoke-on Trent) at which imposter Lambert Simnel and the Earl of Lincoln were defeated.

Western Rebellion

June to August 1549. Rising in the West of England against the Prayer Book and Edward VI's religious policies. Ended at the Battle of Samford Courtenay.

Wyatt's Rebellion

1554. Sir Thomas Wyatt led 4,000 men from Kent to London in January as part of a wider movement to remove Mary I from the throne and stop her marriage to Philip of Spain. The rebels were stopped at Ludgate, where Wyatt surrendered on 7 February.

Yellow Ford, Battle of

14 August 1598. Irish forces of Tyrone, Tyrconnel and Fermanagh defeat English forces in Ulster.

Yorkshire Rebellion

1489. Earl of Northumberland murdered while collecting a tax to pay for the war in Brittany. Rioting led by Sir John Egremont. The rebellion was surpressed by the Earl of Surrey.