NY5791 : Border crossing at Bloody Bush

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Dinlabyre, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Border crossing at Bloody Bush
Border crossing at Bloody Bush
The Old Toll Pillar is on the right.
Maps show that the old gate posts and pillar are directly on the line of the Border with the modern English forestry fence now slightly further east. James Logan Mack in The Border Line (1926) described the arbitrary course of the Border northwards (on the eastern flanks of the Larriston Fells) as a modern stone wall, flanked by deep and narrow trenches about 8 feet distant on both sides. Little trace remains of these ditches today.
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 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)
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Boundary, Barrier  Woodland, Forest  Moorland 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5713 9103 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:12.6985N 2:40.5151W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 57117 91041
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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