By June 1548, Scotland had endured four years of English invasions, started by the desire of Henry VIII to see his son Edward married to Mary Queen of Scots. Now Henry was dead, but English soldiers were still in Scotland pursuing his aim. The decision was taken to transport a force across the Firth of Forth from England's base at Haddington. The place chosen for the attack was St Monans in Fife. But the locals were waiting for them. Not only was there a crushing defeat on the shore at St Monans, but the French managed to elude the English navy and carry Mary Queen of Scots to France.
Now author Leonard Low has investigated the largely forgotten Battle of St Monans, rewriting a page of history that he believes should be remembered -- in St Monans, in Fife and in Scotland.
In 2022 the author's efforts were rewarded with a decision to add the Battle of St Monans to Scotland's National Record for the Historic Environment, as can be seen on the Canmore website.