Scotland’s Greatest War Memorial?

Scotland’s Greatest War Memorial?

The greatest War memorial in Scotland? Galashiels War memorial honours the men who died during WWI and WWII.   But why is the statue and the structure dedicated to the 15th and 16th century Border Reivers?   Is this the only modern day war memorial which harks back to...
Peebles Witch Massacre 1629

Peebles Witch Massacre 1629

In 1629 religious frenzy was out of control in the quiet Scottish Borders town of Peebles.   The results were far more horrific than most Halloween movies.   Most of the facts in this film are taken from Mary Craig’s book “Borders Witch Hunt”  ...
Lock the door Lariston

Lock the door Lariston

Lock the Door Lariston is a poem written in the early 1800’s by James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd.   The poem is a homage to the far older Border Ballads, but for me it really captures the mood and intensity of that writing. have a...
The Douglas Tragedy

The Douglas Tragedy

Of all Sir Walter Scott’s Border Ballads “The Douglas Tragedy” is the only one with an exact geographical location in the story.   But the places in this stirring romantic tragedy have been lost to the sands of time. Today I go looking for them, in the beautiful...
Searching For Johnnie Armstrong

Searching For Johnnie Armstrong

Johnnie Armstrong was one of the most notorious of all the Border Reivers. But there is still debate as to where Johnnie’s home and tower were.   I go searching around the Esk at Gilnknockie for clues to this important and elusive site…  ...