of The Right Honourable The Earl of Annandale and Hartfell
Chief of the Name and Arms of Johnstone
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.
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
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
Annandale Peerage Case
of Various Branches of Johnston/es
Lochwood Tower Page
Old Gang of Mine
of James VI to Dryfe Sands Combatants, 1594
in Edinburgh, 1596
Murder of the Laird of Johnstone, 1608
Jonson's Ancestry and Arms
of Warriston and the National Covenant, 1638
Chevalier de Johnstone and the Forty-Five
William Johnstone Pulteney and the Scottish Origins of Western New York
of Johnston/e Territory