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From dangerous days

Margaret Duggan

by Margaret Duggan

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 @ 03:11

IT WAS dangerous to travel in the far north of England in medieval times. The marauding Scots had little respect for anybody, let alone officials of state who could be held to ransom. Visiting judges were customarily protected by the sheriff and 200 men when moving from Newcastle to Carlisle, and it cost money. The payment to hire the necessary guards became known as "dagger money", and it is still ritually paid today in the form of a plaque.

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