Battle site of Cruden Bay (1012) -
Region: Aberdeen(shire) & Moray
On the level plain skirting the bay, the final battle between Scots and Danes was fought in 1012. The Danes had established a foothold on the hill closest to the beach and King Sweyn Haraldsson sent his 17 year old son Canute to reinforce this settlement. The battle was fought on the flatlands below Hacklaw, where the golf course now is, but as the day went on the fighting spread inland and relics of the battle have been found over a four mile swathe of countryside. Finally victory went to the Scots. Interesting side note: Cruden stands for Croju Dane, or Crudane -- the death or slaughter of the Danes.
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