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A medieval castle built by the Earl of Hereford within the earthworks of a former hillfort.
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At the Battle of Langside (1568) the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots was decisively defeated by Protestant forces after which she fled to England where she was incarcerated by Elizabeth I and eventually executed. More significantly, the battle led to the entrenchment of Presbyterian church which would have significant consequences almost a century later during the Wars of Three Kingdoms.
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Hopton Heath (1643)
After the outbreak of the Civil War, the Royalists withdrew loyal supporters from across the Midlands region in order to create a mobile field army. However, this left the wider area vulnerable and in March 1643 a Parliamentary army moved to capture Stafford. A Royalist force was dispatched to stop them and defeated the Parliamentarians at the Battle of Hopton Heath (1643).
In the late eleventh century Malcolm III sought to claim northern England for the Scottish Crown. With William II distracted by political events in Normandy, the Scottish King invaded but was ambushed and killed at the first Battle of Alnwick (1093) by an English force under Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumbria.