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Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century)

Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century)


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Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century)

Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century). She is seen on the battlements at the defence of Dunbar Castle in 1337-1338 when her husband, Patrick of Dunbar, rebelled against the English. The siege of the castle, commanded on the English side by Sir William Montagu, Earl of Salisbury, lasted 19 weeks, and failed to take the castle

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Agnes Arrow Battlements Besieged Bravery Countess Courage Courageous Crossbow Defence Defender Defiance Defiant East Lothian Hero Heroic Heroine Heroism Rebel Resistance Siege Ann Ronan Pictures Aristocrat Dunbar Dunbar Castle Wood Engraving


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This print captures the indomitable spirit of Agnes, Countess of Dunbar, also known as Black Agnes. Taken in the early 20th century, it depicts her standing defiantly on the battlements of Dunbar Castle during the siege in 1337-1338. Agnes's husband, Patrick of Dunbar, had rebelled against the English forces led by Sir William Montagu, Earl of Salisbury. The siege lasted a grueling 19 weeks but ultimately failed to take the castle due to Agnes's unwavering courage and strategic defense. In this image, Agnes exudes strength and determination as she holds a crossbow firmly in her hands. Dressed in medieval attire, she symbolizes resistance and rebellion against oppression. Her heroic stance amidst a backdrop of fortifications showcases her unwavering commitment to defending her people and their land. As an aristocrat and countess, Agnes defied societal expectations by leading with bravery typically associated with male warriors. She became an inspiration for women throughout Scotland during this tumultuous period. This wood engraving portrait offers us a glimpse into history while celebrating Agnes's heroism and defiance against adversity. It serves as a powerful reminder that even in times of conflict, individuals like Agnes can rise above gender norms to become legendary figures who shape their nation's destiny.

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