This site was occupied by an Inn in the early 18th century and the oldest part of the present building may belong to that period. The structure was extended and partially rebuilt in 1726 and further additions were made about a century later.  Above the front door there is a lintel bearing the incised initials IT and ME for James Tweedie of Oliver and his wife Margaret Ewart. who were married in 1718.  (The above details are from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuemts of Scotland survey for Peeblesshire in 1959).  The RCAHMS have the site listed on their online archive Canmore as ID 48577.

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The Bield in 1933

In the second half of the 17th century during the Covenanting period there is mention of an Inn/Change House known as the Bild in the records and one presumes that this must have been a predecessor of the building mentioned above.

The building has a commerative plaque on the south gable to John Ker an emminent Minister of the United Presbyterian Church who was born there.  The plaque can be seen in the image above at the centre of the end wall of the building fronting the road.  There is also a nice memorial stained glass window in Tweedsmuir Parish Church.

 

Tony Hope