Teviothead Old Graveyard

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Alternative Names Old Cemetery
Canmore ID 54087
Site Number NT40NW 8
NGR NT 40377 05150
Former Region BORDERS
Former District ROXBURGH
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc Centred NT 40377 05150

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Archaeological Notes

NT40NW 8 40377 05150.

(NT 4037 0514) Chapel (NR) (site of)
OS 6" map (1923)

"The district of Caerlenrig was formed into a parish under the name of Teviothead in 1850. Previously this district comprised the outlying portions of Cavers and Hawick parishes, the River Teviot being the dividing line, with Cavers parish on the south side and Hawick on the north side of the river"....
(Caerlinrig is described in "Carlisle Topo. Dictionary of Scot" (1813) and "Lewis Topo. Dict J. Scot" (1846) as being in Cavers parish and in the location now called Teviothead)
"......The ruins of this pre-Reformation chapel at Caerlinrig have long disappeared, but the foundations still remain and are situated in the centre of the old churchyard there. A number of years ago was unearthed from these foundations a sandstone slab... six feet in length....it now stands in the manse glebe.."
E Barton 1937

The chapel of Caerlanrig stood in the forkings of the Teviot and Frostylee Burn. It was dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin and was presumably erected in the 15th century (if not earlier). It does not appear on Pont's map of the Teviotdale (c.1595). The foundations were excavated by Rev. R Young who caused the 6 foot sandstone slab..."a sidepiece of a window with sculpture"..., to be removed and set up in his own field (R Young 1875).
G Watson 1945

Graveyard and Site of Chapel, Teviothead. Nothing now remains of the chapel that once stood at Teviothead, but the graveyard on the S side of the road at the parish church contains the following memorials:
(1) A small headstone, showing a recessed panel surrounded by somewhat unusual decoration (Fig. 36) and commemorating JOHN RENWICK, who died in 1625.
(2) A small headstone commemorating AGNIS PATTERSON, wife of NINIAN ELIOT. The date does not seem ever to have been cut, but the style of the lettering suggests the 17th century.
(3) A small headstone commemorating ELISPET(H) WAUGH. The date has weathered away, but again the lettering suggests the 17th century.
(4) A small headstone commemorating ROBERT NICOL, who died in 1699, and BESIE NICOL, who died in 1701. Above the beginning of the inscription are cut the names of JAMES NICOL and MAIRIN SCOTT; these were probably the parents of Robert and Bessie Nicol, who, having survived their children, were commemorated on a stone already erected to them.
RCAHMS 1956, visited 1945

At the spot indicated, is a slight swelling in the ground the site being covered with grave stones.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 20 September 1960

An archaeological assessment undertaken by GUARD of the proposed upgrading of the A7 between Dovecot Bridge and Castleweary around the village of Teviothead identified a number of archaeological sites.
The current church site at NT 403 051 has three previous forebears, one inside the churchyard at NT 403 051 and one at NT 403 054 (NT40NW 9). The third is supposed by tradition to lie within the Glebe lands at NT 404 049 (NT40SW 3), however no surface remains are evident.
Sponsor: Scottish Office (Roads Directorate)
J A Atkinson 1993

Books and References

Atkinson, J A (1993b) Teviothead, GUARD 131 Glasgow
Held at RCAHMS E.2.1.ATK.P

Atkinson, J A (1993f) 'Teviothead (Teviothead parish): archaeological assessment', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 9

Barton, E (1937) 'Teviothead: yesterday and today', Trans Hawick Archaeol Soc
Page(s): 20

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