The Border Reivers

Rutherford is a small village between Kelso and Selkirk.  There are a number of theories regarding from where the name Rutherford originates .  One is that it arises from an incident when a man safely escorted Ruther, King of Scots, across the Tweed when the river was in flood.  The place was named Rutherford and the King awarded the man some land and the name Rutherford.

Another explanation is from an occasion when a Scottish and English forces met on the bank of the River Tweed.  A violent battle ensued with heavy losses on both sides and although the English were the larger force, the Scots won the day.  The English were forced to retreat back to England, badly scarred by the battle.  They named the place Rue-the-ford because of the losses they had suffered there.