Lang Sandy, Rowanburn, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire,Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the small village of Rowanburn which is located in the Scottish Borders region of Southern Scotland.

Rowanburn grew in the 19th century as a community for coal miners but the extractive activity has now ceased. The village is perhaps best known for a resident of the 16th century, one Lang Sandy Armstrong who was leader of the local Armstrong Clan which, together with other local prominent families, ruled, feuded and raided in the local area and beyond, into northern England. This was a time when there was an absence of ┬ácentral Government control over the region which was then known as the ‘debateable lands’, effectively a buffer zone between England and Scotland.

Collectively, the Armstrongs and the other families were known as ‘Border Reivers’ (border raiders). However, their power base and activities were abruptly curtailed when the Kingdoms of England and Scotland were united in 1603 when King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England and the Borders region suddenly became part of a single Kingdom.James I ruthlessly stamped out the lawlessness.Lang Sandy was executed by hanging in 1606 due to his involvement in the murder of a local official.

Rowanburn is close to other local sites connected with Clan Armstrong such as Langholm, Canonbie, Carlenrig and Gilnockie.

The stone statue of Lang Sandy shown above has replaced a previous wooden version.

Rowanburn usually features in Clan Armstrong and Border Reivers tours.

Rowanburn Village on B6357, Scottish Borders.

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