Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland - "Long before there were Englishmen and Scotsmen, long before they had their own subjects of contention and violence, long before there were Elliots or Fenwicks or Armstrongs or Ridleys, the frontier had been made, the line drawn." (fm "The Steel Bonnets - George McDonald Fraser)
Steel Bonnet Brewing Company - "California Brewed, Scottish Attitude" - Steel Bonnet Brewing Company is a small, family owned and operated brewery coming soon to Scotts Valley CA... (pin: Square Sticker) Nice to see this nod to the Steel Bonnets a/k/a the Border Reivers! The company has t-shirts with their Steel Bonnet logo for sale on their site.
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers. Looks like a good choice to tie-in with my Scottish genealogy research. Read this one before the follow up The Candlemass Road, which was in GB fiction summer 2014.
"...during the 12th & 13th centuries. In that time, the Border as a separate entity came into being; divided yet united by a strange chemistry far above international politics. Half-English, half-Scottish, the Border was to remain a thing in itself; there, as nowhere else, however much they might war and hate and destroy in centuries to come, Englishmen and Scotsmen understood each other." ("The Steel Bonnets" p 21, by George MacDonald Fraser) pic fm DeviantART