To Strike Unhallowed Blows…

“The is said to have been a tradition among the Borderers that when a male child was christened his right hand should be excluded from the ceremony, so that in time of feud he would be better equipped to strike ‘unhallowed’ blows upon his family’s enemies.”

– from: The Steel Bonnets; The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, by George MacDonald FraserIMG_2950 (2)

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