Yep - I am a Northumbrian and this is my ancestry. The Italian is well diluted and the majority of my ancestors are Borderers. So this may be of interest:
Incidentally, the author he mentions (George MacDonald Frazer) wrote a book about the Border Reivers called The Steel Bonnets. The verb bereave derives from being "reived" or raided and murdered and Blackmail derives from Black Meal or black rent. Who says we aren't cultured? >};o)
Phil, I read Frazer in an attempt to learn some dialect and greatly enjoyed his work, his memoir of Burma: All Safe out Here [I think but am not certain] and Black Ajax, a tragic true story of bare knuckle boxing from New Orleans to London and finally to a man's fading days in Ireland were excellent works.
Robert E. Howard seemed to savor the term reiver and applied it to his heroes whenever possible. I am thrilled to discover the word linkage here and I'm sure our Robert E. Howard fans will enjoy the sourcing.
noun form of bereave
be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death:
Old English berēafian (see be-, reave). The original sense was ‘deprive of’ in general.
bereaved (past participle)
bereaves (third person present)
bereaving (present participle)
"Of old he had a band of Irish reivers and harried the costs of the British Isles..."
-Robert E. Howard, Tigers of the Sea
noun form of reave
carry out raids in order to plunder.
•rob (a person or place) of something by force:
Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob.
reaves (third person present)
reft (past tense)
reft (past participle)
reaving (present participle)