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Selkirk Protocols Attitude to Strangers

Defence By Attack – Selkirk 1530 Most border towns did not have walls and so people were wary and frightened of any strangers. They could be the outlaws and swordsmen checking the place before plundering…

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Reiver Truce Days and Locations

Reiver Days of Truce and Locations The Wardens of opposing Marches agreed upon a day and place of meeting usually on the frontier but sometimes elsewhere. In the west, Dumfries and Carlisle were convenient venues,…

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Reiver Routes

Reiving Routes The following text is from text in the Callendar of Border Papers and dates from the 16th century. It gives an impression of the routes that Reivers may have taken on their raids…

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Passport for English Man in Scotland

Permission to Pass in Scotland's Middle March A copy of a letter allowing an Englishman to pass through the Middle March of Scotland. Each town in Scotland had its legal representations recorded in a protocol…

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Battle of Ancrum Moor

Ancrum Moor Battlefield The Battle of Ancrum Moor was fought on the 17th February 1545 between a motley English force under Sir Ralph Eure and Sir Brian Layton and a smaller but well-led Scottish force…

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The Horse Statue in Hawick Roxburghshire

Hawick; Equestrian Statue Equestrian Statue known as “The Horse” in Hawick, Roxburghshire The equestrian monument on an island in Hawick's busy main street is known locally as “The Horse”. The monument is by the Edinburgh…

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Flodden Memorial or Fletcher Memorial, Selkirk

Thomas Clapperton’s Flodden Memorial or Fletcher Memorial, Selkirk Flodden Memorial or Fletcher Memorial by Thomas Clapperton, Victoria Hall, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scottish Borders The sculptor Thomas Clapperton (1879-1962) was born in Galashiels, the son of a…

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The East March of Scotland

The East March of Scotland Map of the Scottish East March, Boundaries and Generalities. The Scottish East March was the county of Berwickshire; the frontier was with the English East March. The northern boundary of…

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