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Date Posted: 15:35:56 09/12/09 Sat

CHARLIE - It is indeed true that people tend to associate Scotland with the traditions of the Highlands, and we can blame the Victorians and the tartan craze of the 19th century for that situation.

Even the great Border and Lowland families adopted a tartan of their own at that time, and since then there has been a fusion of traditions that has created the image of Scotland most people recognise today. A kind of shortbread tin romanticism epitomised by Mel Gibson's sweeping piece of old hokum, 'Braveheart'.

It would be nice for somebody to make an exciting blockbuster movie about the Borders in the 16th century, for there is certainly enough material to get along with. The rescue of Kinmont Willie from Carlisle Castle being just one of them.

It is very good to see a rise in interest in respect to the people of the Borders. It is also good to see people taking a genuine interest in their own past and heritage generally.

Good Luck with your Borderer's history group in the USA and if you have a website, I would be more than happy to place a link on this site to it.

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