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Reivers Revenge (Scottish Borders, Just!)

Hidden : 7/28/2001
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Wyndy Gyle & Beyond...... Not for the faint hearted. NB: From the new CO: Although this is shown as a traditional cache it is in fact an offset-multi. If you are heading North the final GZ can be reached en route from the coords but if going South it would be best to plot the final location (which is marked on OS maps) before setting off, to avoid having to back-track.

Wyndy Gyle is a hill on the border ridge between Scotland & England. To find the cache you need to find Russells Cairn, which is predominant on the hill. The cairn is thought to be a prehistoric burial mound, but the name comes from the Reiver period of Anglo/Scottish history.

The Reiver period (briefly) stemed from when the Scots kicked the English out of Scotland. There was a lot of distrust between both sides so settlers, from both sides, were inticed into the borders with a pledge of land in return for being in a militia to fight the other side in case of war. This meant that both England and Scotland had men at arms on the border.

The problems came with the system called Gavelkind, being, when a man died his land was split equally between his sons. In a relativley short period, families took to stealing to sustain themselves and eventually theiving (Reiving) was rife along the border. Scot from Englishman and visa versa, not to mention from feuding families. Thus the Border Reivers were born, and the riding surnames (Clans) were the most notorious, Armstrong, Elliot, Nixon to name but 3 out of 70 plus.

Eventually some way of restoring order was inplace (it never worked), and the border was split into 6 Marches, three in Scotland and three in England, each over seen by a March Warden (usually worse than the Reivers themselves). About once a quarter a meeting was held between the wardens of opposing marches (Truce Days!!) on neutral ground, usually on the border. It was on one of these 'truce' days, at Wyndy Gyle (28th July 1585) when Lord Francis Russell attended the meeting " fer certain particular causes of his own" whilst talking to some gentlemen, "was suddenly shot with a gun and slain" the ensuing melee ended in several deaths, and rumour has it the hanging of the assailant, a young lad. Since that day the cairn has been called Russells Cairn.

To find the cache first locate the trig point on top of the cairn, project a line from there at 58 degrees (don't forget 4 degrees west for variation) for 450 meters, there you should find a second cairn, 6ft northward is a mini cairn marking the spot. The contents are couple of CD's, other nick nacks and TIGGER!

Now Tigger wants to travel, he wants to go around the world and end up back at Wyndy Gyle, he has his travelog so his progress can be tracked so if anyone has a mind please help tigger.

The Cheviot hills are unforgiving, just because the weather is nice when you start don't mean it will be when you finish. Inclement weather here is 50 knot winds and horizontal rain. If it is wet you will need good boots, waterproofs, gaiters as the border ridge is very boggy in wet weather. That being said, if you make it up there on a good day the veiw is glorious, Scotland to the north, England to the south and if your very quiet you may hear, on the wind, the thunder of hooves and the clash of steel as the Reivers ply their trade. PS.. When you leave don't forget to close the gate into Scotland!!!!!!!

Moss Trooper is a founder member of Geocaching Association of Great Britain

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