Sitting by St Cuthbert’s Way, the pilgrim route from Melrose to Lindisfarne, the church has a wealth of architectural history. It was founded in 1128; part of the north wall is possibly 15th century, the east end is from 1644, cross aisle 1661, the west gable and doorway at west end of north wall 17th century. Repaired in 1794. Major alterations in 1909 by P MacGregor Chalmers. Carved wooden 17th-century laird’s loft for Riddell-Carre family. Burial vaults of Riddell-Carre of Cavers-Carre and Dukes of Roxburghe. Memorials, including one to Lady Grizell Baillie, first Deaconess of the Church of Scotland. Many notable tombstones in graveyard.
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