|The ponies used by the moss troopers were about thirteen hands, stocky and shaggy. They were unshod which ensured they were sure footed on the damp and uneven ground over which they often travelled|
A metal helmet (steel bonnet) and padded sleeveless leather jacket ( a jack) a long lance, sword and pistols.
Knapeskill - A steel bonnet often having a peak
Sallat - a spherical head gear often having a visor.
|In the 16th century there were few good roads, no mail deliveries and no facilities for travellers.|
Scotland and England used different calendars.
There was then 11 days difference between the dates.
|Education was confined to the monasteries and many nobles were illiterate.||
Lammas - 1
Martinmas - 11 Nov
Candlemas - 2 February
|In 1782 Parliament repealed the 1747 Act forbidding, among other things, the wearing of Highland dress.|
The Border Common Ridings, which are so unusual to visitors to the Borders, are quite commonplace throughout the region.Many Border Towns celebrate the custom of Riding the Marches each year. Jedburgh has the Jethart Callants Festival, Langholm, the Common Riding, Duns, the Reivers' Week and so on.
Each town has its own theme or themes and the event is marked by ceremonial, processions, bands, fairs and a great variety of community events.
They are partly in remembrance of the and also to celebrate the Beating of Bounds, a re-establishment of the town's boundaries.
The activity starts on the Thursday with the Burgh Flag being bussed and delivered by the Braw Lad to a high officer, the Cornet.
Next morning a procession passes through the town, led by the Cornet bearing the Standard and then they ride at full gallop to St Leonard's.
Don't attend a riding if you like the quiet life, but if you do it will be an experience you are not likely to forget. Book your accommodation well in advance or you'll miss out. Have a good day!
times, people thought witches were servants of the Devil. They were
tortured to name their associates. Then they were burnt.
The majority of the victims were elderly women whose only crime was that they had become a burden to the community.
James VI, caught in a fierce storm
believed it had been caused by witches. Later
wrote a book about witchcraft which Shakespeare used as source material
Another football story.
Those of our visitors who have read the story of the first international football match (Click HERE if you havenít), may be interested in another football story
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The game of football steadily increased in popularity and matches took place in many Border locations.
On one occasion, a notable game was played between the men of Yarrow and the men of Ettrick.
was quite an event as each side produced a team of a hundred men.
During one of the more intensive encounters, a voice was heard to say,Ē Never mind the ball, letís get on with the game!Ē
Football is still a passion in the Borders but now usually less physical.