With roots firmly embedded in the ancient soil of the Scottish Borders, the Moffats found themselves at the very forefront of Scotland’s long and bloody struggle with its English neighbour during the Wars of Independence.
When not battling the common foe, the Moffats, with their motto of ‘I hope for better things’, also gained a fearsome reputation as notorious reivers, or raiders, and were frequently punished for their lawlessness.
In more peaceful times and on the tennis court, Billie Jean Moffat is the maiden name of Billie Jean King, born in 1943 in Long Beach, California.
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, she won the first of her six titles at Wimbledon in 1966, a venue where she eventually amassed an impressive six singles titles, ten women’s doubles titles, and four mixed doubles titles.
Here are recounted the colourful lives and times of the Moffats.