The Border Reivers were light horsemen who operated as cattle thieves along the English/Scottish border during the late 16th and 17th centuries.
In 2012 we put together a Border Reiver display team consisting of a Border Reiver "Heid Man" equipped in the style of a late 16th century cavalryman accompanied by a small band of other riders and foot men in fully functional, historically accurate replicas of late 16th century costume and equipment. And in November of that year we did our first Border Reiver display at the Upper Hutt Highland Gathering. This was a great success and we have appeared every year at the Upper Hutt Highland Gathering since then.
The "Heidman" in the photo below is equipped in the latest fashion and is a veteran of the many wars and skirmishes across continental Europe of the time where many Scots fought as mercenaries and were exposed to the most modern weapons and equipment of the day. He is armed with a pair of wheellock pistols which weas the most advanced weapons of the day and expensive to come by. He wears a burgonet style helmet and 2-piece breast and back-plate. His pleated pants were a high fashion item of the day as is his embroidered doublet.
Our Display Offer for our Border Reivers team is to appear as a 2 to 4 rider team and we can either just ride around your venue in costume, interacting with the public or we can put on a full-scale Border Reivers mounted skills display including shooting longbows (a legitimate Reiver tactic) and blank-firing wheellock pistols (we have a rider Theatrical Endorsement to his New Zealand Fire Arms Licence).
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