Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Nicholas Popper

Committee Members

Amy Limoncelli

Audrey Horning


This thesis demonstrates the existence of an Anglo-Scottish border society whose collective understanding of violence contrasted with two remote Crown governments’ attempts to impose power. Many scholars have struggled with viewing the border as a coherent society not only because of mistaken assumptions of ‘national’ identities in early modern Britain, but also because of the prevalence of violence on the border. However, by studying the Crowns and the borderlands on an equal footing, new explanations for the violence of this space highlight the complexity of the border. Rather than being fully divisive, this space facilitated both friendly and violent cross-border interactions. The region was home to a group whose loyalties were rooted to familial ties above any ‘national’ inclinations.

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