As Hawick celebrates the 500th anniversary of the fight at Hornshole, the first stirrings of the defining traditions of the common riding, Alistair Moffat takes the narrative much further back into the mists of prehistory, to the time of the Romans, the coming of the Angles and the Normans. He recounts how Hawick got its name, where the old village stood, who the early barons of Hawick were and then charts the amazing rise of the textile trade, bringing the story right up to the present day. Beneath the familiar streets and closes lies an immense story - the remarkable and unique story of Hawick. If this book shows anything, it shows that Hawick has changed radically over the many centuries since people began to live between the Slitrig and the Teviot. All that experience in one place has created and invented much and the future will turn for the better for a simple reason. Hawick's greatest invention is her people.
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About the Author
Alistair Moffat Was Born And Bred In The Scottish Borders. A Former Director Of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe And Director Of Programmes At Scottish Television, He Now Runs The Borders And Lennoxlove Book Festivals As Well As A Production Company Based Near Selkirk. He Has Written Seven Previous Books That Are Published By Birlinn. In 2011 He Was Elected Rector Of St Andrews University.