Being overlooked by the outside world over past centuries may have helped in the safeguarding of
Border traditions, according to this year’s Redeswire speaker.
That was the feeling of Alan Brydon, the Hawick musician, composer, and author who gave Saturday’s oration, as part of Jethart Callant’s Festival.
Callant Garry Ramsay led a 90-strong mounted cavalcade to the Redeswire stane, near Carter Bar, to mark the bloody clash between Scots and English in July, 1575.
From the stane, Mr Brydon said the Borders had perhaps been fortunate to have largely been ignored by the outside world for so long.
“Escaping from the over-exposure and development that has wiped the past from other places,” he said. “For our ancient relics and monuments still stand, as testament to the importance of our Borderland in the emergence of nations.”
And he told the Callant: “When you lead your cavalcade back to Jedburgh today, do so with your head held high and your heart thumping with pride.
“For you represent the generations of today, who owe so much, to thame that went afore.”