Today In History: Death of Elizabeth I leads to ‘Ill Week’ along the Scottish Border

The death of Queen Elizabeth I on March 24th 1603 led to the start of ‘Ill Week’ which was actually several weeks of looting and burning all along the border between Scotland and England. This was the last gasp of the Border Reivers, bandits who had held the border in fear for over 300 years. With the crowning of James I England and Scotland became one nation and James set about immediately pacifying the borderlands. It took awhile to end the lifestyle of centuries, but the death of Elizabeth led to the long held dream of peace along the border.

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