Glossary of terms:
Bastle House: a defensive property used throughout the borders. It consisted of two floors with the cattle safely secured in the ground floor and the owners residing safely in the upper floor - with all the ladders pulled up for security! Often the only way to capture a Bastle was to burn the residents out.
Blackmeal: a payment made in answer to extortion. The origin of the word 'blackmail'
Broken Man: a Reiver without the affiliation of a Name, or the protection of that Name. Normally a rogue who has contravened the word of his Laird, or committed some grave offence to him.
Caliver: An improved version of the arquebus
Dagg: a pistol
Footloon: borders militia
Galloway Nag: A breed of stocky little border ponies, now extinct, much favoured by reivers
Heidsman: Border family leader - literally 'head man'
Hot Trod: The legal pursuit of reivers in an attempt to apprehend them and recover the stolen livestock. They were allowed to cross the border and must do it with hue and cry, horse and hound. Smouldering peat on a lance signified a hot trod
Jack: the ubiquitous garment of the border reiver. Normally a sleeveless jerking with horn or iron plates sewn between two layers of canvas
Jeddart Stave: a polearm unique to the borders
Lang Spear: A light lance
Latch or Latchbow: a light crossbow that could be used both mounted and on foot
Peel Tower: a larger defensive structure similar to a small castle, where the Laird or Heidsman lived with his family and retainers
Pricker: A light lance
Ride or Riding: a raid mounted by one family against another
Steel Bonnet: a catch all term for a number of styles of armoured helmet
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