|Subject: Outlawry in Sixteenth Century Scotland|
|From: Jeffrey Johnstone <email@example.com>|
|Date: 8/25/2021, 8:19 PM|
A Novel of Scotland&rsquo:s Bitterest Clan Feud
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In the novel Dryfe Sands, and as a matter of historical fact, eleven year-old Robert Johnstone of Raecleuch was outlawed after the Battle of Dryfe Sands. The ceremony of declaring a person an outlaw in sixteenth century Scotland involved three blasts of a trumpet or horn, and was known as horning. An outlaw was "put to the horn."
I wondered what an eleven year-old outlaw might have done during the year between the Battle of Dryfe Sands Sands in December 1593 and the King's Respite in December 1594, but I could find nothing in the historical records. To fill in the gap I used my imagination and wrote a fanciful short story in which Robert Johnstone of Raecleuch joins up with two veteran Border reivers and has wild adventures. Ultimately, that short story developed into the novel Dryfe Sands, and the episodes constitute one of the purely fictional portions of the novel.
This part of the novel makes numerous references to the word "horn" in its various meanings and with words having English, Latin, and classical Greek roots.
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