Border Reivers History
The Border Country has always been a wild area,
both in landscape and in history. It has seen many
years of war and turmoil, but is an area of great
beauty and has the capacity to imprint its unique
charisma on every visitor. It is a fascinating and
romantic area and yet the stories of its bloody history
can still chill the soul. About 400 years ago it
was a desperate and dangerous place – this
was the long-disputed Border Region separating the
continually warring kingdoms of England and Scotland
- a land of few law-abiding people and a land where
no man dare venture unarmed.
This was a place where life was lived under the constant
threat of violence, an unsettling, windswept land
where every home was a fortress and almost every
family at feud - this was a time of constant raid
and reprisal when killing, burning, looting, theft,
robbery and blackmail were an accepted way of life
for the great Border Families such as the Armstrongs,
the Nixons, the Milburns, the Kerrs, the Dodds ,
the Robsons, the Grahams and the Elliots……….
They are remembered today as the Border Reivers!
Tough and rugged these hard men were merciless racketeers
and plunderers who held little sacred except their
If you have a reiver name, or suspect your ancestors
were just a load of villains up to no good, then
this well researched and lavishly illustrated new
book could just confirm your worst fears!