The Border Reivers Between the 13th and 16th centuries, feuding families on either side of the Scottish-English borders, would ride by night, raiding cattle and striking terror. Four border fortresses can still be seen today. The Reivers "rode with the moonlight" with "steill bonnets" and "laing spears". Border clans included the Armstrongs (the most feared clan), the Bells (English and Scottish), Grahams, Johnstones, Scotts, Elliotts, Maxwells, Douglases, Croziers and Irvines.
Annan Originally Annan was a market town serving the local rich farming area. Industries included grain milling and cotton spinning, with trade common with America. Tea clippers were built at shipyards in Annan, and a large port flourished.
Clans Annan is home to families including the Maxwells, Irvines, Carlisles, Bells, Carruthers, Johnstones, Elliotts and the Armstrongs.
Placenames Bell Family homes in the Annan District included properties at Middlebie, Middlebie Hall, Dornock House, Todholes, Round Bush, The Flosh, Potstown and The Broats - all within a short distance of each other.
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