Keys to the Past

Glossary

Reiver

These were part farmer and part raider. Reiving was common in the Border Country, with allegiances being formed by, or against, particular families. Such feuds need not be across The Border - but could be English against English, Scot against Scot. The constant fear of raiding for cattle, sheep or horses, sometimes even wood meant that particular forms of architecture evolved for the safety of man and beast, (see bastle, pele, tower house and strong house.

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