The Lockerbie Lick

The Lockerbie Lick can be either a two handed swordstroke that removed the head or severe face wounds caused by a sword.  Specifically, the slashing others with downward (or “downward backhanded cut”) sword strokes causing gruesome facial woundsknown as “Lockerbie licks.”   The term is said to have come from the Battle of Dryfe Sands (1593):

Some of the escaping Nithsdale men were drowned trying to cross Annan at Gotterbie, while others seem to have been killed while trying to escape through Lockerbie. Some who escaped are said to have had “Lockerbie licks” on their faces, caused by being slashed by the swords of pursuing horsemen.


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