In the last battle Cromwell was thwarted in his attempts to rout the Scottish army blocking his advance towards Edinburgh. So Cromwell sort to out manoeuvre them but found himself blocked again. So it was we undertook the second battle in the Lothian region.
The terrain for this battle was very open. The English had a few low hills within their deployment zone whilst the Scots position was anchored by two small farms. The Scots mingled their cavalry with infantry across the line whilst the English massed theirs on the left with support from the NMA foot. The plans were set with the Scots largely deployed for a defensive action with a few spoiling attacks. The English opted for a major push of their left and delaying action on the right.
|Field from the English left
|Field from the English right
|The main English attack
|English right ready for a delaying action - its commander in relaxed mood
|English right under pressure
|Cromwell's horse push the enemy back
|NMA foot press the advantage
|NMA foot bearing down on their foes
|Scots in trouble
|English right holding on
|English right under much pressure but holding its own
In a couple of decisive turns the English of the left were able to put much of the Scots opposing them to flight and threaten the raw troops forming the second line.
|Highlanders put to flight
|Scots main defensive position on their right falls
With the light beginning to fade the English were 11-3 ahead on routed units and so were able to claim the victory. The post game analysis was that is was actually rather closer than the 11-3 margin suggests but the English had been able to develop their attack much more rapidly that the Scots and so would reach the 13 routers required for outright victory before the Scots could get to 10.
|NMA advance from the Scots view point
|The Scots attack
|Royalists last stand