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Thomson Monument, Kelso, Scotland

This evening I am posting information on the person commemorated by a huge monument on the landscape between Kelso and Ednam in the Scottish Borders, about forty four miles S.E. of Edinburgh.

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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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Hermitage Street, Newcastleton, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on the pleasant small town of Newcastleton which is located in Liddesdale (valley of the River Liddel) in the Scottish Borders and just a few miles north of the border with England.

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