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Johnstone Heritage: Annandale


Standard of The Right Honourable The Earl of Annandale and Hartfell
Chief of the Name and Arms of Johnstone

Since the time of Sir Walter Scott, tartan, kilts and highland bagpipes have come to represent the image of Scotland to the world. The 'tartanization' of Scottish popular culture seems here to stay. In our opinion, there is nothing wrong with the kind of Scottish image presented at highland games. However, it is not the whole story of Scotland or Scottish heritage.

Prior to 1822, most lowland Scots thought of highlanders as aboriginal savages, and did not even consider them to be fellow countrymen -- often referring to highlanders as 'Irish.' At an earlier time, the lowland Scots did not consider Scottish borderers to be fellow countrymen, either. An Act of 1587, c. 96, actually expelled borderers from the inland counties of Scotland, unless they could find security for their quiet deportment. The borderers reciprocated this feeling of derision. Since the experience of the borderers with their Kings was more frequently as avenging judge than as protecting sovereign, the boderers often referred to the Scottish monarchs as 'Kings of Fife and Lothian' -- provinces the borderers were not legally entitled to inhabit.

This page concerns border Scots, who, as stated above, were not typical 'lowlanders.' In fact, the borderers were really from the Southern Uplands, which lie below the central lowland belt. Until the early seventeenth century, they maintained a very distinctive society of their own.

Within the bounds of Annandale,
The gentle Johnstones ride;
They have been there a thousand years,
A thousand more they'll bide.
- - - Old Ballad

The Annandale Peerage Case

Clan or Family?

Arms of Various Branches of Johnston/es

The Lochwood Tower Page

Three Border Ballads

That Old Gang of Mine

Respite of James VI to Dryfe Sands Combatants, 1594

Swashbuckling in Edinburgh, 1596

The Murder of the Laird of Johnstone, 1608

Ben Jonson's Ancestry and Arms

Johnston of Warriston and the National Covenant, 1638

The Chevalier de Johnstone and the Forty-Five

Sir William Johnstone Pulteney and the Scottish Origins of Western New York State

Photographs of Johnston/e Territory

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