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Sir THOMAS SOUTHWORTH
born:         -1496Samlesbury, ENG
marr:08-09-1518                        
died:01-13-1546  
father:JOHN SOUTHWORTH
mother:HELEN LANGTON
 
MARGERY BOTELER
born:         -1496Bewsey, ENG
marr:08-09-1518                        
died:                    
father:THOMAS BOTELER
mother: 



Biography

Sir THOMAS SOUTHWORTH was the High Sherrif of Lancashire in 1542, and fought at Flodden Field. He restored the north wing of Samlesbury Hall in 1532 and built the other wing in 1545. This included not only the chapel, but also much of the building as it exists today. The inscribed fireplace in the dining room at Salmesbury still bears the name of Sir THOMAS SOUTHWORTH.

MARGERY BOTELER (BUTLER) was the daughter of Sir THOMAS BUTLER of Brewsey, Lancastershire, England. MARGERY was the second wife of Sir THOMAS. He was first married to Ann Stanly, from whom he was divorced.

Sir THOMAS SOUTHWORTH was at the Battle of Flodden, Sep. 9, 1513.

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Battle of Flodden

This ill-conceived one-day battle was disastrous for Scotland. It was started by King James IV of Scotland against King Henry VIII of England. James was married to Henry's sister at the time, and a treaty of friendship existed between the two countries. Scotland was friendly with France, and during an invasion of France by England some Scottish ships were attacked. Those events apparently precipitated the battle.

With the whole nation behind him, James amassed twenty thousand men with ease, both Highlanders and Lowlanders. His fleet set sail and his army crossed the border into Northumberland with the intention of drawing upon Englandís numbers in France. Norham Castle was among the places captured before confronting the English defenders, led by the Earl of Surrey and his son, west of the River Till, near Branxton, on Sep. 9, 1513. The Scots took the advantageous high ground. With slightly fewer numbers but superior equipment and artillery, the English moved around the Scots on their west and opened with cannon fire. They struck their target with great success, which the Scots could not match. James dropped strategic tactics and ordered all to attack. Initially gaining the upper hand, the Scots were again thwarted by England's superior equipment, the long halberd with its axe hook and spike, was bloodier than the long spear in hand-to-hand conflict.

English losses were heavy but the dead Scots numbered between five and ten thousand. It is said that "the slaughter struck every farm and household throughout lowland Scotland" There was an unusually high number of aristocracy engaging in combat that day and among the slain were dozens of lords and lairds, at least ten Earls, some abbots, an archbishop and the body of the King himself.
 


Children

  born marr died
JOHN SOUTHWORTH
  wife MARY ASHTON
         -1526
about-1526
                 
07-23-1547
11-03-1595
                 


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