Saturday 24th March 2018

Borders Kith and Kin

Meet the Border Families, learn their story past and present. Find out if you are connected to the Reiving Clans and learn how to research your own family history .

Hints on researching your Border ancestors

Saturday 24th March – Heritage Hub 10.30 to 12noon 

Have you started researching your family history and got stuck? Is there a brick wall you can’t seem to get over?

Professional genealogists, Lorna Kinnaird and Wendy Tait Mayfield will be holding short consultation sessions at the Hub from 10.30 to noon. Each session will last 15min and you are invited to bring your questions to them. Please book at Heritage Hub in person or by calling 01450360699. You will be given a short questionnaire to be completed in advance. Please note, we cannot look at a whole family tree in advance.

Border Textile Tower House – Kith and Kin

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March 10am till 4pm, Sunday 25th March 12noon till 3pm. Exhibition Room.

Celebrating the famous, and sometimes infamous, Reiving Families. Artefacts, documents and images tell the story of the family names that still exist today and their reiving ancestry.

16th Century Market

Saturday, 10.30am till 3pm, Hawick High Street, Town Hall Area
Including Reivers Trials, Live Entertainment, Reivers Games local traders stalls and family history stalls

Reivers Encampment

Saturday, 10.30am till 3pm, Wee Haugh
Full programme of re-enactments including
displays of Musket Drills and hand to hand skirmishes and mock battles with static displays of life in the 16th Century Border Lands.

Reivers Procession

Saturday 24th March, 10.45 till 11am Hawick High Street

Reivers Landscape Canvas Work

Saturday 24th March

Borders Textile Towerhouse

10am – 3pm


Work on an open weave canvas using a variety of stitches in wool and stranded cotton to create a Borders landscape with a traditional Towerhouse. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with some previous experience of canvas work. All materials supplied. Book in advance. Call 01450 377615 or email

16th Century Crafts

Saturday 24th March. 10.30 till 3pm Borders Textile Towerhouse

A demonstration by Ruth Hicken of spinning and other 16th century crafts

Primary School Reivers Games

Saturday 24th March  – High Street 11.30

This popular event will again be on the High Street to be in the centre of the activities. Games will kick off at 11.30pm after the opening events and will last for approx one hour. All our local primary schools will take part for the honour of winning the Andy Norman Trophy. In keeping with the festival theme, the competing teams will be representing various reiving families! Come along and cheer the Youth of Hawick as they battle as families of old.

Hawick Primary Schools Reiver Presentation

An exciting addition to this year’s Festival – a children’s film project

The project will deliver a short film from each school made by the children supported by local young film maker, Ronald Yule. The films focus on a family name from Borders and tell the story of this family name. Schools have each selected how they will deliver the information on the film. Some through a reenactment of a story line, a poem, song, interviews with people, or a combination of these. The films have engaged the children in the study of the local dialect, and the variety of these in our local area, and these films will all be shown at the on the Saturday of the Festival. (Venue to be confirmed)

Schools Dramas



We will bring you a variety of role-plays highlighting the lives lead,

not just by big names like Kinmont Will or Robert Carey, but also

by the ordinary folk of the Reivers time, focusing on the characters

and how their lives were effected by the time they lived in. There’s

the story of James Graham of Liddesdale. Killed for having his sheep

stolen! Barnhill – a ruthless Reiver determined to rid himself of a

troublesome warden. Archie Graham – A Reiver intent on marrying

his sweetheart – despite the fact that she’s English. Robert Carey –

famed for standing up to the Reivers. And Kinmont Will – possibly

the most famous Reiver of the lot. Escaped from Carlisle Castle with a little

help from his friends.



Wat o’ Harden was one of the most famous of our Border Reivers. His name

has been handed down in song and story. He was bold, intrepid, and daring

yet with a kindly disposition. He married Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow and

had several sons who inherited his reiving instincts. It was Will Scott, Wat’s

son who was caught red handed by Sir Gideon Murray of Elibank after a raid,

and to save himself from the hanging tree had to marry Murray’s daughter,

“Muckle-Moothed Meg”, a girl of strong opinions whose sharp tongue had

scared off all her suitors. This incident is the basis of the Stirches play written

by Alan Jermison.

Hawick Archaeological Society Talk

Saturday 24th March at 1.30pm

Venue: Heritage Hub (Silver collection at door)

“In the Footsteps of Reivers” by Brian Dingle

Have you ever thought how a book comes to fruition? What brought the first seeds of an idea to the printed page? I’d like to take you through my new book “In the Footsteps of Reivers” where the idea came from. What motivated me to do it and what I left out. What areas I visited and the events that happened. How I went about finding a publisher and what they said about the manuscript. Then a guide through the publishing process of why the book took its final form 


Brian Dingle Brought up on the English side of the border, Brian retains a love of the area and its unique history. Combining this love of history with photographic skills, Brian has had success with his images from sports to Natural history and landscape. A published technical author Brian has turned his attention to his homeland and its rich history. 

Torchlight Procession & Fireworks 

Join the Laird and his Lady for a Reivers Banquet and Entertainment

Featuring the Liddesdale Play performed by “Two Rivers Theatre Company”

and Border songs from local singers

Saturday 24th March 8.15pm in the “Banqueting Hall” at Hawick Old Baths

Potted Meat and Oatcakes

Roast Beef or Reivers Chicken  with Roast Vegetables.
Bread Sauce and Gravy

Clootie Dumpling with Custard or Cream

Fine Fare served by Lindsay Grieve

Tickets £15

Tickets available from Border Events, ILF Imaging and Dorwards, Hawick

All forms of dress welcome but why not take the chance to get into the spirit of the Reivers and dress for the part! Nothing elaborate required! (or just bring along your sword or helmet to defend your lands!)

Costume ideas

Ladies – long skirts and shawl
Men – Breeches, (or binding round lower leg) simple tabards or loose shirts etc

Click here to see full programme