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Horses at Mangerton Tower

This morning, I collected tour guests from central Edinburgh, Scotland at 0915 and embarked on a trip to the Scottish Borders as follows:

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Lang Sandy effigy at Rowanburn, Scottish Borders.

This evening, I am posting information on Lang Sandy Armstrong whose name is indelibly linked with the lawless ‘Border Reivers’ period of the 16th century. During this period England and Scotland were separate nations with the region just north of the border between the two countries under no effective control and known as the ‘debateable land’. Because of intermittent friction between England and Scotland it actually suited both governments to have a buffer zone which came under control of families such as Armstrongs, Grahams, Scotts and Nixons who were collectively known as Border Reivers, effectively local warlords who raided each other and the English. The Armstrongs were the most powerful family who, it is believed, could raise 3000 horsemen.

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Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scottish Borders

Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scottish Borders.

This afternoon, I am focusing on Gilnockie Tower in the Scottish Borders region. This is the only survivor from around 60-80 stone or wooden towers of similar design in the region of Eskdale, Ewesdale and Liddesdale. The Tower dates from the 16th century and is situated on the west bank of the River Esk. The Tower is privately owned but is cared for by Armstrong Clan Association due to the historic connections with that Clan.

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