A Yorkist army, under the command of John Neville, where intercepted by a Lancastrian army led by the Duke of Somerset whilst they were heading north to attend meetings with Scottish envoys in Newcastle.
"As his aristocratic colleagues fled the field in the midst of their ignominious defeat, Percy carved a name for himself in history by refusing to join them. He and his men fought to the death in a brave show of loyalty to the Lancastrian cause. Surrounded, his horse stumbled and he was overpowered by the enemy. His last words were said to have been...."
“I have saved the bird in my bosom."