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Looking down Bloody Bush Rd towards England, with the border about half a mile further on. Those distant trees are growing in ENG.  The legendary Bloody Bush Rd between Scotland and England over Larriston Fell. The road was known to exist in Norman times and in medieval years was a popular route across the border for both traders and raiders. The border crossing at Bloody Bush is said to be haunted, over the years many people have disappeared along this road, not one to attempt in the dark!

Looking down Bloody Bush Rd towards England, with the border about half a mile further on. Those distant trees are growing in ENG. The legendary Bloody Bush Rd between Scotland and England over Larriston Fell. The road was known to exist in Norman times and in medieval years was a popular route across the border for both traders and raiders. The border crossing at Bloody Bush is said to be haunted, over the years many people have disappeared along this road, not one to attempt in the dark!

Road from Bloody Bush across Larriston Fell.  "Larriston Fell once echoed to the sound of hoofbeats by moonlight, but now the only sounds are running water, the call of the curlew and the grouse on the sighing wind." (Fm the book, "Exploring Border Reivers History)

Road from Bloody Bush across Larriston Fell. "Larriston Fell once echoed to the sound of hoofbeats by moonlight, but now the only sounds are running water, the call of the curlew and the grouse on the sighing wind." (Fm the book, "Exploring Border Reivers History)

Flodden Field, Northumberland - Here Scotland lost 12 Earls, 14 Lords and 10,000 men as well as their King.  Defeated by the English, lead by the Earl of Surrey - 9th September 1513.  (Not JUST a Border Reiver place - but many lost their lives here)

Flodden Field, Northumberland - Here Scotland lost 12 Earls, 14 Lords and 10,000 men as well as their King. Defeated by the English, lead by the Earl of Surrey - 9th September 1513. (Not JUST a Border Reiver place - but many lost their lives here)

"Of all of Scotland's glories, the Borders is the one, that always will remain within my heart!"  (Line from Kenny Spiers song, "My Borderland")

"Of all of Scotland's glories, the Borders is the one, that always will remain within my heart!" (Line from Kenny Spiers song, "My Borderland")

Liddesdale.  Today it looks peaceful.  "In the days of the Border Reivers it was a violent place.  There were upwards of seventy fortified towers, pele towers, within its limits.  All were manned with some of the most aggressive men who strode the Boderlands.  To enter its confines one ran the risk of entering the most dangerous place in Europe...It was inhabited by the Armstrongs and Elliots, two of the fiercest clans in the Scottish Borders." (fm borderreiverstories.com)

Liddesdale. Today it looks peaceful. "In the days of the Border Reivers it was a violent place. There were upwards of seventy fortified towers, pele towers, within its limits. All were manned with some of the most aggressive men who strode the Boderlands. To enter its confines one ran the risk of entering the most dangerous place in Europe...It was inhabited by the Armstrongs and Elliots, two of the fiercest clans in the Scottish Borders." (fm borderreiverstories.com)

Border Reiver country simply labeled as "Liddesdale." - "The Armstrongs possessed at a very early period a great part of Liddesdale, and the Debateable Land.  Much of the country belonging to them was in dispute...and was claimed by both kingdoms; the consequence was they were protected by neither nation for any great length of time and were a sort of folk by themselves."  (Chronicles of the Armstrongs, p60, Ed by James Lewis Armstrong)

Border Reiver country simply labeled as "Liddesdale." - "The Armstrongs possessed at a very early period a great part of Liddesdale, and the Debateable Land. Much of the country belonging to them was in dispute...and was claimed by both kingdoms; the consequence was they were protected by neither nation for any great length of time and were a sort of folk by themselves." (Chronicles of the Armstrongs, p60, Ed by James Lewis Armstrong)

Cheviot Hills - Border Reiver Country! --- When my son and his best friend were around 11 yrs old they went walking in the hills, got lost (had to send out search party) but found the wreckage of a WWII plane!

Cheviot Hills - Border Reiver Country! --- When my son and his best friend were around 11 yrs old they went walking in the hills, got lost (had to send out search party) but found the wreckage of a WWII plane!

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