On this date 500 years ago ( F -4)
The English army is now complete at Bolton near Powburn, some 18 miles from Flodden Hill . Surrey take stock of the situation and calls a council of war. Gathering the latest intelligence, he no doubt realises that his army is outnumbered by the Scots. He will also know that there is little chance of living off the land as moves towards the inevitable battleground as the Scots will already have plundered whatever there was to eat and portable enough to carry. Surrey’s supply situation is critical, and the supply line from Newcastle is already stretched.
Surrey is a man on a mission; at one time he had been on friendly terms with James IV, but now the situation had changed. Surrey was in no mood for leniency. This was to be death or glory, and a last chance to secure the Howard family fortunes.
James IV had enjoyed the hospitality of Lady Heron at Ford Castle for several days, but now the situation changed. Whatever the comforts or services provided by Lady Heron, James now burned Ford Castle to the ground and moved to join his army on the well fortified camp on Flodden Hill.
He could now sit, and wait for Surrey to make his move