The History of Yetholm

Name – originally there was a route through the hills to England, so Yetholm was the ‘place at the gate’, from the old Scots ‘yett’ meaning a gate, and ‘holm’ or ‘ham’ the Anglo-Saxon for a settlement. Graveyard Record – Recorded by the Borders Family History Society in their ‘Roxburghshire Monumental Inscriptions III’. The 2ndContinue reading “The History of Yetholm”


Another question from one of our society members: Did Agnes Douglas, Countess of Argyll (1574 – 3 May 1607) marry John Carruthers 8th of Holmains, eg was she a Carruthers by marriage? Sadly no. This is totally incorrect historically. It is therefore important to check the facts. Not every person out there is a ‘Carruthers’Continue reading “The truth behind..AGNES DOUGLAS, COUNTESS OF ARGYLL”


In 1286, King Alexander III of Scotland was on his way to his new young wife’s bed, during a storm, when he fell over a cliff. Whether his tumble was assisted or not isn’t recorded but his lust-driven freefall to oblivion was to have enormous consequences for the border between Scotland and England. From thisContinue reading “THE BORDER REIVERS”

Clan Carruthers Q&A for the day.

Another question from a very concerned member of ‘our’ society who read this on another page. ‘Is this true…. Hello, History is being re-written all the time due to all the new DNA findings, so this is confusing to keep up with it all. It always said that we were a sept of the BruceContinue reading “Clan Carruthers Q&A for the day.”

Scottish Borders…”Scottish Marches”

In terms of physical size, Scottish Borders is the 6th largest of Scotland’s unitary council areas. It is only the 18th largest in terms of population, reflecting the largely rural nature of the area. For accommodation in the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Borders extend from the North Sea coast north of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the east, to AnnanheadContinue reading “Scottish Borders…”Scottish Marches””

Masterpiece… a British knight of the “Reiving era” .. circa 1530.

Perhaps this is near as we may ever get, to the face of a “Border Reiver”. (Photo’s courtesy of F.J.A.G.)    The face of an unknown warrior…. British, Limestone, circa 1530.   Find site unknown.   A fragment, life size, and carved probably from life, by a master carver.    A battle worn face, helmeted,Continue reading “Masterpiece… a British knight of the “Reiving era” .. circa 1530.”

Unveiling the Wonders of the People and Culture of Scotland

Scotland has a rich cultural heritage that is unique in its own way. To know more about Scottish people, their food and culture read on. First and foremost I must commend one of our own with this beautiful tartan. I wont mention any names as of yet but those who know him know that heContinue reading “Unveiling the Wonders of the People and Culture of Scotland”

Swords of the “Border Reivers.”

“Number 33.” “The “Amen” Sword?” A German Military backsword of Landsknecht form, circa 1525. A rare German backsword of “Landsknecht” form. Circa 1525. Blade marked with the number “33.” (Photos courtesy of F.J.A.G.) Dimensions :- Backsword, with ricasso, and twin fullers as far as the double edged tip. Overall Length :-  40 and one half inches.Continue reading “Swords of the “Border Reivers.””

The Eildon Hills, Sacred Mountains of the “Scottish Borders”, and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

     The Eildons.   This is a view of the Eildon Hills, near Melrose, with the Pringle Tower of Smailholm in foreground. It was taken from just west of Kelso on the road to St Boswells. The Eildons are one of the most important sites in the Borders, and though the obvious archeology hasContinue reading “The Eildon Hills, Sacred Mountains of the “Scottish Borders”, and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci””

Armour 2. The Real Thing, a fighting breastplate of the era of the Border Reivers, circa 1590.

A fine battered and battle scarred breastplate of the late 16th century. I have often been asked just what kind of armour the Border Reivers wore, and apart from the upper echelons of society the answer must always be the same…..Whatever they could get their hands on! “Scottish” armour near enough does not exist. SomeContinue reading “Armour 2. The Real Thing, a fighting breastplate of the era of the Border Reivers, circa 1590.”