First performed by Erskine Drama Group in February 1986
Winner of the SCDA One Act Playwriting Competition
Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson
Characters (3m 3f)
Hob Elliot: A border farmer Meg Elliot: His wife Marjory Elliot:Their daughter Janet Kerr:Meg's sister Sandie Scott: A Borderer Clem: Another Borderer
The Setting: Hob Elliot's house in the Liddesdale valley, a few miles from the Anglo-Scottish Border
Running Time: 45 minutes
In the year 1565, the Liddesdale valley in the Scottish borders was the scene of a violent feud between the powerful families of Scott and Elliot. Murder and robbery was widespread, often involving the innocent, such as Hob Elliot and his family.
One night, while his wife, daughter and sister-in-law are alone, two men force their way into Hob Elliot's house. They are Scotts, intent on taking Hob's life in revenge for the murder of a Scott. As the tension mounts while they await the imminent return of the unsuspecting Hob, his wife makes a determined bid to foil the killers.
This S.C.D.A. Playwriting Competition winning play is an uncompromising and realistic depiction of the darkest side of 16th-century border life.