Border Reivers Map
This exquisite map of the Border Reivers from Gill Humphrys covers the area of the English and Scottish borders
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This exquisite map of the Scottish Border Reivers from Gill Humphrys measures 22 x 13 inches and shows the areas of Border conflict and the home territories of the Reiver Families through the years 1500 to 1700. The map covers the area of the English and Scottish borders, and shows Carlisle and Newcastle in the South, up to Melrose and Berwick upon Tweed in the North. In addition to showing the locations of all the main border Families,it also features the march boundaries, the main battle sites, the Pele towers, the main valleys and rivers, and the Roman Wall.Printed on high quality the map will appeal to both historians and genealogists alike.
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Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the border country was ravaged by lawless Reiver families in a vicious cycle of raid, repirisal and blood feud.
Their allegiance was first to the family, the surname, not the crown, whether English or Scottish. "They are a people that will be Scottish when they will and English at their pleasure...."
Divided up into three Marches on each side of the border, each with its own warden, the crown made some attempt to control the volatile region. Strongpoints were castles and Pele towers, hundreds are still to be found, some even in use today.
The map gives a general idea of where the main pockets of activity were. Much overspill of families and intermarrying resulted in complex allegiances.
The history and drama is left to us in the famous 'Border Ballads', many of which were collected by Sir Walter Scott.