An informative and interesting section on the Reivers can be found at
This also contains photos taken at one of our events in 2003.
If you would like to visit Dumfries & Galloway then why not visit the Region’s website for information about the area?
If you are planning a visit to Scotland then have a look at
The Clans and Castles website. This is a company which
specialises in offering something different for the discerning
Traveller. Fancy staying in a Scottish castle? Would you like
a tour tailored to your personal requirements? Then this is
the company for you.
A group of friends, associated with The Borderers, specialise in long-distance rides over the rodes (trails) used by the Reivers. In Easter, 2004, they rode from Tynedale to the far side of the Bewcastle Waste. Clicking on the photo at right will take you to their site with photos and their route.
Gordon Frye is a Reiver based in California, where he spreads the true word on the Reivers.
He has long experience re-enacting over the years, from Renaissance up through WWII. Most of his interest has been in the American West. He is also pretty deep into the history of the Republic of Texas and working with horses, especially in any sort of a historical venue.
His group is The Renaissance Military Society, made up of three sub-units, German Landsknechts, English Infantry in the Low Countries, and Borderers.
He also teaches military riding to anyone who wants to learn the proper way to do things.
You can see more of Gordon at:
Recommended reading for those interested in the Border Reivers:
“The Steel Bonnets” by George MacDonald Fraser: The Bible for those interested in finding out more about the Reivers.
“The Border Reivers” by Keith Durham. Published by Osprey. For those who want a slimmed-down “essentials” book.
“The Memoirs of Robert Carey”: one of the most interesting characters of the 16th Century. Among many other exploits, Carey spent time as a Warden on the Marches. For £4.70 you can download his autobiography, as an e-book, from
This title is now also available form Amazon and has a photo from our group on the cover!
PF Chisholm uses Carey’s exploits, while Deputy Warden at Carlisle, as the basis of four novels:
“A Famine of Horses”
“A Season of Knives”
“A Surfeit of Guns”
“A Plague of Angels”
These are so well researched you can almost smell the 16th Century atmosphere - it’s probably the rancid mutton fat that does it. She also writes as Patricia Finney and, for those interested in the 16th Century in general. She has three “spy” novels available:
If, like me, you’re really into castles, then this site lists loads of them in South-West Scotland. It also has links, where appropriate, where you can get information on the castles.
Linda Bruce Caron’s Website has loads of information about the Border Reivers as well as more general info about Scottish history in general.