and KINMOUNT WILLIE
Did you know that the children's colourful toy the KALEIDOSCOPE was invented by a Borderer?
David Brewster (1781-1868), was born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, and became a leading physicist renowned for his work on optics and polarisation.
The word "Kaleidoscope" is derived from the ancient Greek -
"Kalos" - beautiful,
"Eidos" - form or shape
"Skopea" - to look at or examine -
Thus observation of beautiful forms.
Floors Castle, Scotland's largest inhabited house, stands in parkland overlooking the Tweed. It was built by the architect William Adam, for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721 and later embellished by William Playfair. Despite its name, it is a large country house - not a castle fortress built for defence.
The lively programme of local events reflects the predominantly agricultural community, with the Border Union Agricultural Show, ram and horse sales, Kelso Races, point-to-point and the Scottish Championship Dog Show.
The story of Kinmont Willie is one the best documented episodes in the exploits of the Border Reivers.
William Armstrong of Kinmont was captured by the forces of the English Warden in violation of a truce day in 1596 and imprisoned in Carlisle Castle across the Border in England. Fellow Reiver Walter Scott of Buccleuch (known as "The Bold Buccleuch" - pronounced Buck-loo) led a band of men on a daring raid and broke Kinmont Willie out of the castle. Kinmont Willie Armstrong was never recaptured.
Here are a few verses from the 46 verse ballad to get a flavour of both the language and the story
A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrongs
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and Blackmail
A-Z Challenge F - Flodden, Fletcher and Flowers of the Forest
A-Z Challenge G - A Green & Pleasant Land and Galashiels
A-Z Challenge H - Hermitage Castle and Hawick