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The Border or Riding Clans Followed by a History of the Clan Dixon and a Brief
Account of the Family of the Author
By B. Homer Dixon, K.N.L., (1889) reprint #GB-HD396; Price: $21.00

This colorful book discusses the region known as "the Borders," where England
and Scotland meet. The author presents many transcriptions from original 16th-
century Scottish records, but he always gives a lively account of the
historical background necessary to understand these records.

Included are such interesting items as a 1547 list of Borderers and Border
Clans who had taken the oath of fealty to the English government, a partial
roll of the year 1587 from records of the Scottish privy council, the roll of
the names of landed proprietors over the whole of Scotland in 1590, "The Names
of the principall Clannes and Surnames of the Borders, not landed, and Chiefe
Men of Name amongst them [in 1597]" and "The Names of the Barons, Lairds and
chiefe Gentlemen in every Sherifdome [1597]."

A few of the famous Scots mentioned here are Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy
MacGregor and Mary Queen of Scots. Cultural and religious conflicts are
discussed briefly, as well as the problems of cattle thieving (prevalent in
the Borders and known as rieving), taxation, traitors and false coiners.
Offenders found guilty might be sentenced to such strict penalties as drawing,
hanging, drowning or decapitation.

The second part of the book, an account of the Dixon/Dickson clan, opens with
a list of more than 30 variant spellings of this surname, which is descended
from the clan of Keiths, who were Earls Marshall and one of the most powerful
families in Scotland. There are brief accounts of Dickson families by region
throughout Scotland and descriptions of their coats of arms. The history of
the Homer Dickson family spans 1733 through 1878, and includes members in
Britain and America.

Closing out this valuable history are lists of landlords and tenants, and
members of Parliament, plus a surname index_making this a rich source of
information for anyone interested in the clan Dickson and Scottish border

The Descendants of Rev. Joseph Rhea of Ireland
By Edward F. Foley. #GB-HF541; Price: $24.00

The Rhea family in America is descended from Matthew Rhea of the Campbell Clan
of Scotland. His grandson, the Rev. Joseph Rhea of Ireland, was one of the
three brothers Rhea who emigrated from Ireland to America in the mid-18th
century. They established the American Rhea family branch. Rev. Rhea settled
in Maryland but later preached in Tennessee, where he bought land.

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