Disaster at Spottismuir
After the English army under King Edward massacred the population of Berwick in a three day orgy of savagery, the Scottish army gathered to face the onward march of the superior English forces at Spottismuir near Dunbar. It had been many years since Scotland had mobilized for war, and at the subsequent Battle of Dunbar the Scots were quickly overwhelmed by elements of King Edward's army led by John de Warrenne, Earl of Surrey. The author of the Chronicle of Bury St. Edmunds
records the death of eight-thousand Scots soldiers at Dunbar.