Broughton In 1617 Broughton was set as the first stage of the journey of the household of James VI for his return to England from Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. Over 80 horses were being used and the Privy Council ordered that ... "horses provided with all necessities should be brought to the Palace about brek of day ... for lifting his Majesties carriage and carrying the same to Broughton in Tuedail"
This bridge spans the river Tweed at the point where it narrows to flow through the rocky defile known as Carlow's Linn, 400 yards SW of Tweedsmuir Church. It is built entirely of rubble masonry and comprises a single arch having a span of 30 feet and a width of 15 feet. Upon the south facing of the bridge a block of sandstone bearing the date of 1783 is built into the fabric above the crown of the arch. The bridge was constructed by James and Alexander Noble who were stone masons based in the Upper Tweed area. The structure evidently replaces the earlier bridge shown on William Edgar's map of peeblesshire, surveyed in 1741.
Quarter Knowe, or Chapel Knowe, is the mound on which the Tweedsmuir Kirk and the old upper section of the Kiryard are located and hence is covered by the Historic Scotland Listing protocols for the Kirkyard. The etching of 1790 by Francis Grose below shows what is presently considered as the first church on the site of 1644. This shows the Manse near the present day car-park and also shows the ancient cultivation terraces on the mound.
There were many old roads traversing the area of the Beeftub at the south end of Tweedsmuir Parish. The Romans were the first to leave their mark c100 AD- their engineering skills evident in the remains of Roman roads and associated signal stations of which can still be found.
At the southern end of Tweedsmuir Parish bordering the Devil’s Beeftub there is an insignificant small hill known by the rather grand name of Crown of Scotland - a name that nobody has been able to properly explain. Even Captain Armstrong in 1777 when writing about the adjacent Tweeds Cross had no explanation. He commented, "for what reason I cannot conceive."
The Armstrong Companion to his maps of 1775 list the farms in Tweedsmuir Parish. ( In 18th century printing the small letter s looks like a small f). Some of these farms still exist, others have disappeared but the names survive and some have vanished without trace. I am researching three of the latter at present.
On mid nineteenth century ordnance survey maps of Tweedsmuir parish there are several draw wells shown, rather surprisingly they were shown adjacent to water ways. One of these wells was at the source of the river Tweed – in fact the source of the river is still known as Tweedswell.
Photographing the complete impressive memorial that covers the whole east wall of the small vestibule of the church is quite difficult. However the Scottish War Memorials Project have done a splendid job in doing this including close ups of the scroll panels so that the names can be read. Also included is the associated framed montage of images of the men. I recommend a visit to their website to view their efforts - Click Here.
“It goes against the Scots inclination to march in line on anything, least of all in matters ecclesiastical: no one will tell the Scot “you must believe this”: he and God sort it out one-to-one” (Andrew Herron). The story is told of a breakaway congregation in the Borders spearheaded by two farming brothers. Said one, “It’s like this: there’s really only me and my brother uphold the true Kirk, and at times I’m no’ right sure about him”. Each person or group was unshakably convinced that God was as committed in support of their cause as he was disappointed with all other expressions of the faith.