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Border Reiver map

Border Reiver map

Prints of a handcrafted map of the Border Reiver families are now available through www.borderart.com. A copy was recently delivered to the Clan museum in Newcastleton, Scotland for people in the area to view. The name “Elliot” is prominently featured on the map.

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Curse of the Border Clans

The Curse of the Border Clans

The Elliots were one of the great border clans, also known as reivers. The reivers were such a problem throughout the Borders that even the church became involved in their bloody wrangles. In 1525 they had become such a nuisance that the then Archbishop of Glasgow, Gavin Dunbar, put a curse up all the reivers […]

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Pewter model of a border reiver

The Reivers and Their Way of Life

The necessary allegiance to family and the constant state of war and turmoil along the Border shaped the everyday lives of the people. Living depended largely on livestock rather than crops, and their agricultural system followed a regular pattern. Raiding took place all year round, but it was more popular from autumn to spring when […]

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In Ancient Times…

The Elliots were one of the most active, most powerful and most notorious of the Scottish Border clans. These days, Elliots can be found in almost every country in the world; we’ve also become a little less rambunctious. Travel this website to learn more about the Elliots and their colourful past.

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