Burnt Candlemas

Burnt Candlemas was a destructive raid by an English army through Lothian conducted by King Edward III of England in retribution for the Scottish victory at the Battle of Nesbit Moor and the subsequent sacking of Berwick by the Scottish in 1355. His similar campaigns conducted in France were known as a chevauchée.

Burnt Candlemas
English invasion of Scotland (1356)
Date26 January–February 1356
Lothian, Scotland
Result Lothian sacked and burned
Kingdom of England Kingdom of Scotland
Commanders and leaders
King Edward III William Douglas, Lord Douglas

See also



    • Bryant, Arthur. The Age of Chivalry. Collins, London, 1963.
    • Nicholson, Ranald. Scotland: The Later Middle Ages. The Edinburgh History of Scotland. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1978.