There may have been a church here in the early medieval period; certainly one existed by the 14th or early 15th century. Much of the current building is the result of a Victorian rebuilding. However, the really intriguing feature of Cockburnspath Kirk is the unusual rounded tower, situated in the centre of the west gable.
Cross Kirk began in unusual circumstances. In 1261 a cross was found on a site just outside the town centre of Peebles. Near the cross was a gravestone inscribed 'the place of St Nicholas the Bishop' (the 4th-century bishop of Myrna, in Turkey, and the model for Santa Claus). Cross Road,
The medieval parish church of Edrom features a very finely carved Romanesque doorway. The church dates to at least 1139 when it was granted to Coldingham Priory. The medieval building was dismantled in 1737, leaving only the doorway and a transept chapel, known as the Blackadder Aisle. Edrom,
The Soutra Aisle is all that remains of one of the largest and most important medieval hospitals in Scotland. The House of the Holy Trinity at Soutra was founded around 1160 by Malcolm IV as an Augustinian hospital, monastery, and church serving travellers, the poor, the sick, and the aged. B6368,
Stobo is one of the oldest religious sites in the Scottish Borders, with roots going back to the 6th century. According to tradition, the original church at Stobo was founded by Kentigern, more popularly known in Scottish history as St Mungo. B712,
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Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scots, and takes the throne. The event was later sensationalised in the play by Shakespeare as a truly dreadful deed, but in truth a lot of rulers were murdered in those turbulent times!