AN ENIGMA HERO
& EYEMOUTH TART
ELLIOTS - The Elliots were one of the most active, powerful and notorious of the Scottish Border Reiver families, prominent in Liddesdale and Teviotdale.
Their motto - Fortiter et Recte meaning with Strength and Right.
Two verses from a border ballad reflects the fear that the Elliots could invoke in their enemies on both sides of the Border.
|The view from Bedrule Church, across to Ruberslaw Hill|
On the Black Hills’ lofty summit I stand this morn and gaze
So rich in nature’s glory – woodland, hills and rivers grand,
With a veil of glamour o’er it, the dear old Borderland"
The Black Hill in Autumn
EYEMOUTH TART originated in the small fishing town on the Berwickshire coast and is a rich tart made with walnuts, currants cherries and coconut, covered or drizzled with water icing - sometimes known as Border Tart. Delicious!
EYEMOUTH lies at the mouth of the Eye Water where it joins the North Sea - 8 miles north of the Border and the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed A fishing port, it celebrates each year the Herring Queen Festival, where the chosen "queen" sails into the harbour by boat to be crowned and lead a week of community events.
The town was struck by the Eyemouth Disaster when in October 1881 when, in a devastating storm, most of the fishing fleet, some 20 baots and 129 men were lost, many within the sight of the shore. With victims from other coastal villages, a total of 189 men died. A monument in the town and a tapestry in the local museum commemorate this event.
Eyemouth Harbour with Gunsgreen House in the background.
Do take a look at earlier posts in "My Scottish Borders
A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrongs
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and Blackmail