Border Reiver Heritage Society, LLC

ISBN’s provided as well as online links

1) “Border Line from the Solway Firth to the North Sea, along the Marches of Scotland and England” (1926) by James Logan Mack; ISBN: 978-184530098x.

2) “Border Raids and Reivers” (1898)by Robert Borland a Minister of Yarrow; printed by the Courier and Herald Office, Dunfries for Thomas Fraser, Dalbeattie; accessible on:

3) “The Historical Families of Dumfriesshire and The Border Wars”  (1889) by C. L. Johnstone, 2nd  edition; printed by Anderson & Sons, Dunfries,  John Menzies 7 Co., Edinburgh and Glasgow,  Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., of London; Reprinted through Forgotten Books in 2018; ISBN: 978-332-31128-6; accessible on:

4) “Langholm As It Was: A History of Langholm and Eskdale from the Earliest Times” (1912) by John D. Hyslop and Robert Hyslop; call # DA 890 L3 H9; accessible on:

5) “The Border Papers: Calendar of Letters and Papers relating to the affairs of the Borders of England and Scotland preserved in Her Majesty’s Public Record Office London” Vol. II (1595-1603) H.M. General Register House Edinburgh (1894); ISBN: 13-978-0282869007; accessible on: ; Reprinted through Forgotten Books

6) “The Debatable Land, The Lost World Between Scotland and England” (2018) by Graham Robb; printed by Picador; ASIN: B074SZFZFK.

7) “The Armstrong’s: The History of a Riding Family . . . 1040-1650” (2017) by Derek James Stewart; printed by American Academic Press; ISBN: 9781631818309.

8) “In The Footsteps of Reivers” (2017) by Brian Dingle; printed by Olympia Publishers; ISBN-13:978-1848977884;

9) “King of Thieves” (2017) by Jon Tait; printed by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-13: 978-1977976239.

10) “The Border Chronicles” (2017) by Mark Montgomery; Fictional book series;

  • Book 1- “Three Hills” (2015); CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-13:978-1494740238.
  • Book 2- “Devotion and the Devil” (2015); CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-13:978-1494885571.
  • Book 3- “On Solway Sand” (2014); CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-13:978-1505612738.

11) “The Border Towers of Scotland 2: Their Evolution and Architecture” by Alastair M.T. Maxwell-Irving; published by author Blairlogie; ISBN- 9781907931376.

12) “Jock Tamson’s Bairns – Essays on a Scots Childhood” (1977) edited by Trevor Royle; Hamilton Publishing, London; ISBN: 9780241896389. 

13) “Border Ballads” (2018-classic reprint)by Graham R. Tomson; ISBN-13:978-1356457847.

14) “The History of Liddesdale, Eskdale, Ewesdale, Wauchopedale, and the Debateable Land, Part 1, From the Twelfth Century to 1530. With Plates” (1883) by Robert Bruce Armstrong; published by David Douglas, 1st edition 1883; ASIN: B00069BFQS; available online at:;view=2up;seq=12;skin=mobile

15) “Swords for Hire: The Scottish Mercenary” by James Miller (2007); Birlinn Publishers; ISBN-13: 978-1841584461.

16) “Border Fury, England and Scotland at War 1296-1568” (2005) by John Sadler; printed by Pearson Education, UK; ISBN- 0-582-77293-1.

17) “Border Sketches of Folklore” (2010)by Michael Aislabie Dunham; printed by Pierides Press; SBN-13: 978-1445521183.

18) “The Steel Bonnets” (2008) by George MacDonald Fraser; printed by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. NYC; ISBN-13: 978-160239-265-6.

19) “The Reivers, The Story of the Border Reivers” (2008) by Alistair Moffat; printed by Birlinn Ltd. Edinbugh; ISBN-13:978-1841586748.

20) “The Annandale Family of the Johnstones, Earls and Marquises of Annandale” (1894) by Sir William Fraser; 2 volumes; printed in Edinbugh; only available online at:

21) “Wha daur Meddle wi Me” (2018) by Derek James Stewart; Publisher: American Academic Press; ISBN-13:978-1631819100.

22) “Condition of the Border at the Union, Destruction of the Graham Clan” (1907) by John Graham; Published by George Routledge & Sons, Limited, New York; E. P. Dutton & Co. ; 2nd Edition available online at

23) “The Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly: October 1907 Origin of the Johnston Family” by Jas R. Johnston or Coshocton, Ohio; available online –

24) “Scottish Borders Folk Tales,”  by James P. Spence (2015); Printed by History Press; ISBN- 0750965738,9780750965736.

25) “Exploring History in the Scottish Borders” by Ian James Douglas (2015)Printed in the UK; only 105 pages;  ASIN- B0183U12R8.

26) “Exploring Border Reivers History” by Philip Nixon (2011); Breedon Books, Derby; Hardcover; ISBN 10- 185983583X, 9781859835838.

27) “The Borders” by Alistair Moffat (2007); Birlinn General; Paperback; ISBN-13: 978-1841584669, ISBN-10: 1841584665.

28) “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by Jim Webb (2005); Published Broadway; ISBN-13:978-0767916899, 0767916891.

29) “Deadlock & Deliverance: The Rescue of Kinmont Willie” by Tom Moss (2012); Rose Cottage Publications; ISBN-13:978-0955801600; ASIN: B009RVT6OE.

30) “Ballads of the Anglo/Scottish Border Reivers” by Tom Moss and Illustrator – Bill Ewart (2011); Rose Cottage Publications; ASIN: B006RXHW6E.

31)  “Rulewater and Its People: An Account of the Valley of the Rule and Its People” by George Tancred of Wern, first published in 1907; ISBN-13: 978-1611530254; available online at

32)  “A Hawick Word Book” by Douglas Scott; available online at:

33)  “History of Channelkirk” by Rev. Archibald Allan, M.A., F.S.A. Scot., Minister of the Parish, first published by James Thin of Edinburgh in 1900; available online at:

34)  “Border Tales and Trials” by Kenneth Turnbull and Norman Turnbull; published by Torchlight Books; ISBN-13: 978-1611532067.

35) “Dick The Devils Bairns Breaking the Border Mafia” by Jon Tait; (2018) published by Fyrebrand; ISBN- 978-7439-9566-6.

36) “The Stirring World of Robert Carey; Robert Carey’s Memoirs 1577-1625” (2005) publisher by Rockbuy Limited; ISBN 13: 9781904466291.

37) “Battle Valleys, A Portrait of the Border” by Ronald Turnbull; (2012) published by Quarto Publishing Group, UK; ISBN: 0711232296.

38) “Strongholds of the Border Reivers, Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296-1603” by Keith Durham & Illustrated by Graham Turner;  (2008) published by Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition; ISBN-13: 978-1846031977.

39) “The Border Reiver (Men-at-Arms) by Keith Durham & Angus McBride; (1995) published by Osprey Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-1855324176.

40) “Raiders & Reivers” (for youth)by John Sadler; (2006) published by Ergo Press; ISBN-13: 978-0955275807.

41) “The Elliots : the story of a border clan : a genealogical history” by Eliott of Stobs, Dora, Lady; Eliott of Stobs, Arthur, Sir – joint author; (1915); published by Seeley of London; ISBN: 085422081X; available online at-

42) “Chronicles of the Armstrongs” by James Lewis Armstrong; (1902) Originally published by Marion Press of Queensborough, New York; repinted through Forgotten Books 2018; ISBN: 978-1-331-56738-7; available online at-

43) “The Marchman” by Nigel Tranter; (1997) published by Hodder & Stoughton; ISBN: 978-0340659953

44) “Rosslyn’s Raid” by Beatrice Helen Barmby; (originally published 1903) published as a reprint by Forgotten Books in 2018; ISBN-13: 978-0483886636; available online at –

45) “Brave Borderland” by H. Drummond Gauld; (1935) published by Thomas Nelson; ISBN- 13:9781199126597 (***hard to find***)

46) “Thomas Musgrave’s Letter to Lord Burghley(1583) excerpt only

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Acworth, Georgia

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