"My Scottish Borders"
H is for:
HERMITAGE CASTLE and HAWICK
The castle was begun by an English lord, Sir Hugh de Dacre, and captured by Sir William Douglas in 1338, one of Scotland’s most powerful noblemen, He was an ambitious man who responded to the appointment by King David II of Alexander Ramsay as Sheriff of Teviotdale by imprisoning Ramsay in Heritage Castle and starving him to death.
One ballad recalls another encounter:
"They shot him dead at the Nine-Stane Rig
Bweside the Headless Cross
And they left him lying in his blood
Upon the moor and moss."