The Hoosier Historian Issue 1: Scotland - Page 17

“’ , The King of Scotland sent me here ; good Outlaw I am sent to thee , I wad wat of , whom ye hold your lands , And Or man wha ?’ ‘ ;‘ may thy master be !’ Thir lands are MINE the Outlaw said I ken nae King in ;’.” Christentie ,“ This quote from the border ballad ,” Outlaw Murray The is symbolic of the turbulent lifestyles of those persons residing along the - , Anglo Scottish border . known as the borderers The border lands between Scotland and England were under constant conflict and strain due to the continual wars and tensions betwixt the . countries Border clans and families were often caught up in the crossfires of these conflicts , resulting in loss of land , livelihood . and lives Many of these clans and families resorted to reiving for survival due to the destruction of their Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland livelihoods and the passing of laws forbidding . trade between the two countries Reiving was an accepted way of life until the reign of King James . I of England The following is a brief explanation of the circumstances that brought about the , border custom of reiving , and its people its effects on the land and the events that brought the . era of border reiving to its end In 1286 . Scotland , AD Edward I of England invaded These events would set off a chain reaction that would have resounding effects for . centuries to come The border region between the countries of Scotland and England would become an infamously dangerous place to be avoided by most and survived by those who . belonged to the land itself Over the centuries of ’ , warfare that would follow Edward s invasion , lands , homes and livelihoods would be ; destroyed birthing a new breed of borderer the . 17 border reiver Maxwell Crest, Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland