Miles away, in Edinburgh, before the battle was even fought, the citizens stood shocked and terrified. There was no source for that ghostly voice.
A city full of witnesses peered around the area by the Mercat. But the monotone seemed to come from Heaven itself.
The Mercat was no hidden back alley. This central location was where the merchants raised their stalls, and items of great import were communicated to the people. The surrounding buildings contained the city seats of commerce, justice and religion. Criminals were hanged by the back wall.
On the evening of September 8th 1513, a ghostly voice recited names, one after the other. It went on for hours and thousands of people heard it.
Many recognized the names being spoken. They belonged to loved ones or local noblemen, who had marched away days before to invade England. They had answered the call to arms of their king, James IV, who was doing this to aid the French.
The English would be forced to fight a war on two fronts, if both Scotland and France adhered to the Auld Alliance. While Henry VIII led his army into France, it was left to his wife Queen Catherine of Aragon - riding alongside the Earl of Surrey - to defend their realm from the Scots.
Those names, sounding across the Mercat as an unemotional litany, could be matched to live men stationed upon Flodden Hill. The Fateful clash wouldn't come until morning.
When it did, the significance of the Mercat names selected would be tragically and horrifically apparent. The spectral voice only read out those who would die.
Over 17,000 names were heard in Edinburgh on the eve of Flodden. To this day, no-one knows from whence it came.