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The Reivers: the story of the Steel Bonnets in Scotland and Ulster – A talk by David Hume

Thursday 28 March 2019
Larne Museum and Arts Centre

Time: 7.30pm to 9pm

The Scots Borders is an area which is steeped in history as one of the most unique areas of the British Isles.

It used to have its own laws and legal system and was a borderland between England and Scotland in which clans switched allegiances as it suited.

With surnames such as Armstrong, Elliott, Kerr, Irvine, Hume, Gordon, Graham and others, these families made up what are called the Steel Bonnets, Reivers, or Riding Clans.

In the 17th century, in an effort to exert greater control, the government cracked down on the clans, resulting in many of them moving west to the new plantation of Ulster.

This talk looks at the forces that shaped the border psyche and explores how it had an impact in Ulster and America.