Gattonside  Roxburghshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Gattonside like this:

Gattonside, a village in Melrose parish, Roxburgh. shire, on the left side of the Tweed,-1 mile N by W of Melrose town, under which it has a post office, and with which it communicates by a foot suspension-bridge. Lying scattered among groves and orchards, 300 feet above sea-level, it retains some traces of a large and beautiful pre-Reformation chapel; it is celebrated for both the quality and the quantity of its fruit; and it is overlooked, on the N, from Allen Water to Leader Water, by a range of softly outlined heights, the Gattonside Hills, that culminate at 927 feet. ...

Gattonside was granted by David I. to Melrose Abbey in 1143, and places round it still bear such names as the Abbot's Meadow, the Vineyard, Friar's Close, the Cellary Meadow, etc. Gattonside House, ¼ mile to the W, is the seat of Robert Blair Maconochie, Esq., W.S. (b. 1814), second son of the late Lord Meadowbank, who holds 298 acres in the shire, valued at £485 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 25, 1865.

Gattonside through time

Gattonside is now part of Scottish Borders district. Click here for graphs and data of how Scottish Borders has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Gattonside itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gattonside, in Scottish Borders and Roxburghshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th January 2022

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