NY5791 : Border Line approaching Bloody Bush

taken 3 years ago, 4 km from Larriston, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Border Line approaching Bloody Bush
Border Line approaching Bloody Bush
The walking here is not easy and I was glad to see the pillar not too far away.

Logan Mack in The Border Line (1926) dryly says of this section:

"In order to avoid undue fatigue, and indeed to render walking in this particular part of the country anything approaching a pleasurable experience, it is advisable to find a sheep-track and keep to it as far as possible . . . otherwise after a short time even those accustomed to hill-climbing will become exhausted . . . To those who intend to explore this stretch (which should be undertaken only by those stout of limb) the practice is to be commended of finding these tracks and keeping one's eyes usually on the ground, though now and then ahead for varying distances."

Fine advice but there are no sheep-tracks and even fewer sheep.
Bloody Bush
Old maps show a 'Site of Battle' at Bloody Bush. It was in fact more of a nasty skirmish (or 'sanguinary encounter', as James Logan Mack tells it) between Border Reivers. A party of english raiders had camped here overnight and were found and killed by Liddesdale men. The exact date is unknown but likely to have been in the C15th or 16th centuries.

The old road between Lewisburn in Tynedale and Dinlabyre in Liddesdale was a major thoroughfare between the two valleys. Until the coming of the trains in the 1860s, it was used to carry coal from collieries at Lewisburn and Plashetts to fuel the woollen mills of the Scottish Borders.

The road was well surfaced in its later years, with good bridges on the eastern side LinkExternal link

The Toll Pillar was set up by the two landowners in the 1830s and is a substantial structure some 15 feet high with an inscribed plaque on its north side.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Boundary, Barrier  Woodland, Forest  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Boundary 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5729 9138 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:12.8880N 2:40.3675W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 57354 91530
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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