Home, George 2nd Baron of Wedderburn, Sir 15
- Born: 1432, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland
- Marriage: Sinclair, Mariota before Mar 1468 15
- Died: 18 May 1497, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland at age 65 15
Picture shows monument in family graveyard near Wedderburn Castle
2nd Baron of Wedderburn
"...killed by the English near his own house in 1497."
[The Scottish Nation, by William Anderson on page 483.]
Retoured heir by his grandfather in the lands of Wedderburne in 1469. "The two brothers," says Godscroft," lived together in the same home for eighteen years, a rare example of brotherly and sisterly love." Such examples are rare in Great Britain, where the inhabitants think themselves, and boast of being, more full of family affection than the people of other nations, although in truth they have a great deal less of it; and such examples are by no means rare, but very common, on the continent everywhere. His chief, Alexander, being a minor, he had for some years very great power in the Merse. There is one action of his particularly memorable, in which he defeated the English, who had made an invasion into Scotland. That action is handed down to us by our forefathers by common report, and by certain verses in which it was celebrated at the time (1496). Percy, Earl of Northumberland having collected a great band of five thousand men, boasted that he would, in spite of, and as a disgrace to the Homes, carry of their whole cattle, and ravage their country. Having made his entry into Berwick, plundering everything before him, he proceeded as far as Auldcambus. The people in the neighbourhood were alarmed by the noise, and acquianted those at a distance of the arrival of the English by lighting the fires on the beacons. The Homes gathered together in a hurried manner, but not being in sufficient number to face the enemy, they waited their return on the banks of the river Ay at Milleston HIll, where the ford is narrow, and a steep hill on the opposite side, from whence they could occupy the whole heights as far as the sea, and which the English must pass on their way to Berwick. The Scots were not above eight hundred strong, and chose George Home for their leader. He ordered them to dismount, and remove their horses out of sight, and await the coming of the enemy on foot. On Percy perceiving them, he consulted with some of his chiefs what was to be done. Selby was first asked his opinion and whether from any secret grudge against Percy or through friendship to Wedderburn, who was his relation, or through wisdom, he advised Percy to retreat to Berwick with his plunder without fighting. Percy was displeased with this advice, and consulted another, Bradford, who advised fighting. Percy thought this most honourable, and the battle ended in favour of the Scots, who, amongst others, took Selby prisoner, and retook all the plunder. George did not, however, long survive his victory, for on the following year, riding near his home, he saw the English advancing to attack it: he snatched up his spear, and without waiting for any of his attendants, he attacked the English, and drove them back, as they supposed his usual retinue was behind him; but when they found he was alone, they faced about, and overcame him; during a dispute amongst the English who should have so great a prisoner, one of them struck him with his fist, on which he draw his dagger, and stabbed the aggressor; the rest rushed on him and killed him, and shamefully mangled his body. A cross was erected on the spot were he fell, which still remains. He built the house at Wedderburne, or rather, added to it, and fortified it with seven towers and ditches in 1473, placing over the outer gate his name and arms. He received 1000 marks from Henry VII in terms of a treaty between that King and James IV in 1493. Killed in 1497.
[Drummond's Histories of Noble British Families, William Pickering, London, 1844, Part VI., Dunbar, Hume and Dundas Families, page 19]
Served heir to his grandfather 12th May 1469. Died in 1497.
[Case on the Part of Sir Hugh Hume Campbell of Marchmont, Baronet, in relation to the Claim of Francis Douglas Home, Esquire, to the Titles, Honours and Dignities of Earl of Marchmont, Viscount of Blazonberry, Lord Polwart of Polwart, Reidbraes and Greenlaw. Presented to the Lords in 1843. Printed by Spottiswoode and Robertson, Westminster; pp. 76, with chart.]
Noted events in his life were:
• Burial: Tombstone of Sir George Home - back, 1497, Wedderburn Cemetery, Berwickshire, Scotland. Back of tombstone showing engraving of rectangular cross.
• Burial: Tombstone of Sir George Home - front, 1497, Wedderburn Cemetery, Berwickshire, Scotland. Tombstone in the Home family cemetery along the Langton Burn just southeast of Wedderburn Castle. Tradition indicates this stone was placed where Sir George was slain in 1497. The front is engraved with a modified botonee cross.
George married Mariota Sinclair, daughter of John Sinclair of Polwarth and Katherine Home, before Mar 1468.15 (Mariota Sinclair was born in Herdmanstone, Scotland and died in 1496 in Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland.)