The Hammer Of The Scots by Jamie  Green

This statue is next to the Greyhound pub at Burgh-By-Sands on the Solway coast of Cumbria ,NW England.
It is in memory of Edward I ,King of England, known as the Hammer of the Scots.It was installed to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the King’s death on 7th July 1307 on nearby Burgh marsh (another monument is seen below).
Edward I was at the time leading a campaign against Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Sadly he was struck down with dysentery after a dodgy prawn curry at the pub the night before and died. (That’s probably the very picnic bench behind the statue that he sat at for his meal.)
He was most famous for being the King that executed Mel Gibson after a particularly bad impersonation of William Wallace, who had got his son’s wife Isabella
France pregnant at the age of 10.(Come on,did you see the film? Talk about biased)
The King lay in state in the church of St Michael’s (see below) before being taken back down south.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • joak
    joakabout 3 years ago

    am no bitin…lol..och i canny help masel whit dae ye mean sadly struck down?…lol

  • He never finished the job….lol. (although he had no trouble with the jobby)

    – Jamie Green

  • Should have known you’d be first on the scene.hahahaha

    – Jamie Green

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Histoy is written by those who have hanged heroes! Sorry, loved that line! Wonderful image, Jamie!

  • Lol,cheers Glenn, but Mel Gibson ain’t a hero.

    – Jamie Green

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Now I’m off my feed ~ fortunately I’ve already had my breakfast. Mel Gibson… aaagh, & no, I haven’t seen the movie. One of those cinematic depredations that I have so far managed to avoid. Be that as it may, history, it could be argued, is written by those who are stuck in the loo. Or the bog. I expect to see Joak & his cohorts down there, toilet-papering the Hammer one day. Just deserts or poetic justice? Anyway, it’s a good shot of the picnic table. The Scots may take issue with him & his ilk, but he DID, to his eternal credit, clobber Mel Gibson.

  • That’s what I felt…
    I thought the picnic bench had worn well in 700 years.

    – Jamie Green

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 3 years ago

    Lol, and great capture. I see joak has something to say about this. lol. x

  • O cours e he did,I knew he couldn’t Thanks Agnes

    – Jamie Green

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyabout 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much Fino

    – Jamie Green

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

    I believe, history tells us that the chef who cooked Edward’s last meal came from a greasy spoon cafe in Glasgow ! Do like this capture Jamie. By the way, great write up too.

  • Thanks Roy, I do like to wind them Scots up…

    – Jamie Green

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 3 years ago

    While the sculpture is quite nice (although I cannot imagine how one could actually SEE while wearing that helmet) I believe I prefer the monument in the field at Burgh by Sands…. >shrug< Not sure why. ;-D
    >blows kisses<


  • Cos it’s a wilder place?

    – Jamie Green

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