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Outrages by Border Reivers

OUTRAGES BY SCOTTISH & ENGLISH REIVERS 1592-93 These are some of the complaints made by victims of raids by Scottish and English Reivers at the end of the 16th century. The complaints were made to…

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Villagers Object to Cost of Guns

A village objects to the cost of guns in 1596 This is a petition of the Queen’s tenants of Holme Cultram in West Cumberland. They are complaining at the expense of having to pay £1…

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Naturalisation of a Scotsman

Naturalisation of a Scotsman Henry, Lord Scrope, Lord of the Western Marches and Captain of the city and Castle of Carlisle grants rights of Englishry to Andrew Young of Orton a Scotsman. 1581 Written in…

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Inventory of Cattle 16th Century

Inventory of Cattle in 16th Century A note of his cattle in other mens hands and att his owne howse. Eckies edmount one ox & viii other nowlt Will Taler of the herper hill  one…

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Bewcastle Will 16th Century

A will made in the 16th century which shows some local names in Bewcastle Bewcastle area was notorious for the actions of border reivers and the retribution by the authorities.  An illustration of the usual…

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Inventory of Ewanrigg Hall Maryport 1585

INVENTORY OF EWANRIGG HALL NEAR MARYPORT, CUMBRIA, 1585 This inventory lists the property that Mr. Anthony Thwaytes Esquire owned when he lived at Ewanrig Hall in 1585.  We are fortunate that the property has such…

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Reiver Men Clothing

Clothing of a Reiver Farmer A Reiver explains the various items of clothing worn in the 16th century The actor is representing an English gentleman farmer in the north of England, Northumbria, in the late…

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Reiver Farmer

Reiver farmer explaining his family could be farmer, Warden and Reiver It was not unknown for officials to undertake raids either for their own profit or to continue a feud. Even during the period known…

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Wardens Meeting Place At Wark Castle

Wardens Meeting Place At Wark Castle Wardens Meeting Place and Ford over the River Tweed below Wark Castle in Northumberland The remains of Wark Castle overlook the River Tweed and one of the main fording…

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Wardens of The Marches

Wardens were appointed by the respective sovereigns of England and Scotland to govern the affairs of the Marches of the Border. The frontier was divided into three Marches on each side of the Border, each…

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