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The border reiver

 

what he wore

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THE BORDER REIVER


The typical Border reiver would have 

dressed  in a steel bonnet and quilted 

jack before riding on a foray.


On his legs, the reiver would wear

“BREECHES” covered by leather 

“OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS” for protection.


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THE STEEL BONNET 


When riding into battle, the average Border Reiver could be seen wearing a “BURGONET”

or Steel Bonnet on his head.


Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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THE JACK 


He would usually wear a quilted “JACK”, 

a sleeveless tunic worn for protection.  

In many cases, the heavy quilted material 

would have pieces of metal sown in  place between the layers of cloth.


Royal Armory, Leeds


border reiver weapons

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 THE BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD


While the hilt was asymmetrical,  the blade was double-edged, with the forward or cutting edge being sharp and the blunt or backedge being blunt.  However, the last four to six inches of the back edge was also sharp to provide a good point for thrusting.


Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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THE LEFT HANDED OR PARRYING DAGGER 


This weapon was worn at the waist and 

used either by itself, or more likely, 

in conjunction with a sword.


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THE BOLLOCK KNIFE


Commonly carried by the Border Reivers, it was used as a backup for the lance and the sword. Named because of the distinctive swellings at the guard which resemble the male testes (bollocks). It was the forerunner of the Scottish dirk and  used for eating as well as fighting.


Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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BORDER LANCE OR PIKE


This weapon was a constant companion 

of the Border Reiver. It generally averaged 

about 8 feet in length.