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While their namesakes in the northern reaches of Scotland acquired distinction and honours as loyal and faithful servants of the Crown, the Youngs of the Borders gained a rather more dubious reputation as fierce and lawless raiders.
But both sets of Youngs were always prepared to defend their nation’s proud freedom when required, often at bloody cost to themselves in battle.
Here is recounted the colourful and stirring tale of bearers of a surname who have been at the forefront of Scottish affairs throughout all the long centuries of the nation’s turbulent history.