The period from 1585 until the union of 1605 was the most lawless period of the borders. By this time any nationalist feelings had given way to family loyalty, and all the main surnames of the region took part in raids on both sides of the border. March Wardens as representatives of the Crowns, struggled to maintain law and order - although they too were often involved in 'reiving' themselves!! Bands of 'Broken Men' - men without the protection of a family name - roamed the area robbing and looting, and were hunted by familys and authorities alike. Regular troops were available to the March Wardens from larger Garrisons such as Carlisle or Berwick; and 'Footloon' - the borderers own foot soldiers - had become better equipped with the modern weapons of the time.
Our mounted figures are supplied on a choice of 'Tudor horses' - the standard horse of the period, used by most armies as cavalry horses; or 'Galloway nags' - the small, stocky border ponies (now extinct) that were mainly used by the reivers for crossing the mountains and fells - the quad bikes of their day!!