River Glen, Northumberland

River Glen, Northumberland

The River Glen in Northumberland, England is a tributary of the River Till. The College Burn and Bowmont Water, both flowing out of the Cheviot Hills, meet near Kirknewton to form the River Glen. The Glen flows past the small settlements of Yeavering, Lanton, Coupland, Akeld and Ewart, before joining the Till.


The area around the Glen is rich in historical and archaeological interest. Iron Age hilltop forts on peaks to the south of the river overlook the Anglian settlement and palace site at Yeavering, where St. Paulinus baptised new converts and, according to Bede, "washed them with the water of absolution in the river Glen, which is close by" (Tomlinson, 1888, p. 504).

Because there is a reference to a similarly named river in Historia Britonum by the Welsh author Nennius, some (Ekwal, 1928; Hunt, 2005) have hypothesized that the legendary British warrior Arthur began his campaign against Anglo-Saxon invaders near the confluence of the Glen and Till: :Then it was, that Arthur, with all the kings and military force of Britain, fought against the Saxons. And though there were many more noble than himself, yet he was twelve times chosen their commander, and was as often conqueror. The first battle in which he was engaged, was at the mouth of the river Glein.

The area around the Glen was the setting for some of the bloodiest border warfare between Scotland and England. The Battle of Humbleton Hill was fought near the river in 1402, as was the Battle of Geteryne (Yeavering) in 1415.

ee also

* Battle of Humbleton Hill
* Yeavering
* Wooler
* History of Northumberland
* Kirknewton, Northumberland

External links

See maps of the River Glen at:
* the meeting of the waters near Kirknewton gbmaprim|NT909305|NT 909 305
* the Battle Stone for Geteryne gbmaprim|NT929303|NT 929 303
* its confluence with the Till mmukscaled|NT976325|100|NT 976 325


Ekwall, E. (1928). "English river names" (reprinted 1968). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Hunt, A. (2005). [http://www.geocities.com/vortigernstudies/articles/guestdan2a.htm From Glein to Camlann: The life and death of King Arthur] . "Vortigern Studies".

Tomlinson, W. W. (1888). "Comprehensive guide to the county of Northumberland" (reprinted 1968). Trowbridge, UK: Redwood.


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