Settled in Dumfriesshire and the Borders, the ancestors of the Jardines of today lived a dangerous life on the edge.
But when not tackling invading armies or fighting off rapacious neighbours, they acquired honours and titles and distinguished themselves across a range of more lucrative pursuits.
In the world of commerce, William Jardine rose from impoverished beginnings to help found what thrives today as one of the world’s biggest multi-national corporations.
Born in 1784 in Dumfriesshire, his father died when he was young and it was left to an elder brother to help the financially straitened family.
Jardine was able to study medicine and later joined the maritime service of the East India Company.
Having amassed enough money, he set up as an independent trader and by 1832 he had joined forces in Canton, China, with fellow Scots trader James Matheson – and so was born Jardine, Matheson and Company.
The stirring tale of the Jardines is recounted here.