Sunday 25th March

“Borders Kith and Kin”

in Drumlanrig Tower

Times and details to be confirmed but there will be a series of talks including

“The Scotts of Buccleuch” by Dr Malcolm Morrison 

“The restoration of Gilnockie Tower” by Ian Martin 

“The Elliot Family” by Derek Stewart  

There will also be a second opportunity to see the Liddesdale Play performed by the “Two Rivers Theatre Company” in the atmospheric setting of the Barrel Vault

In the year 1565, the Liddesdale valley in the Scottish borders was the scene of a violent feud between the powerful families of Scott and Elliot. Murder and robbery was widespread, often involving the innocent, such as Hob Elliot and his family. One night, while his wife, daughter and sister-in-law are alone, two men force their way into Hob Elliot’s house. They are Scotts, intent on taking Hob’s life in revenge for the murder of a Scott. As the tension mounts while they await the imminent return of the unsuspecting Hob, his wife makes a determined bid to foil the killers. The play is an unromantic and realistic depiction of the darkest side of 16th-century border life, and was the winner of the 1978 S.C.D.A. Playwriting Competition.


‘The Tower House – Not just a home, more a way of life.’ by Margaret Skea

The  talk will consider location, architecture, and domestic features of the Scottish tower house, to illustrate how it not only reflected, but was essential to the reiver’s life and lifestyle. 

Hosted by Hawick Rotary Club

Sunday 26th March, 4.30pm   Mansfield Park, Hawick RFC

Tickets £15 – (Advanced Booking Essential) Available at Border Events, ILF Imaging, and  Dorwards

Margaret Skea grew up in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’, so is no stranger to conflict. Her passion is for authentic, atmospheric historical fiction.  

Her first novel, Turn of the Tide won her the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best 1st Time Novelist 2014, and the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. Both follow the fortunes of a fictional family trapped in the long-running and bloody feud between the Cunninghames and Montgomeries, known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, which had many features in common with the lifestyle of the Border Reivers.