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28 October 2014
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Reivers on a raid

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The Border Reivers

From the 13th Century through to the beginning of the 17th, the border lands between England and Scotland were home to the Reivers, lawless gangs who survived by plundering livestock, but who also engaged in other practises such as kidnapping and racketeering. The lives and deeds of the Reivers were celebrated in the famous Border Ballads, popularised by Sir Walter Scott in the 18th Century. The Ballads portray the Reivers in a romantic light and as brave, noble and honourable. Sir Walter Scott was keen to present these aspects of the legends. However, as a keen historian of the Scottish borders, it is likely that he would have known that the Reivers lived in harsh, unforgiving conditions and were undoubtedly courageous, but also ruthless and at times cruel. More...

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