NT6309 : The remains of Southdean Old Parish Church

taken 7 years ago, near to Southdean, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

The remains of Southdean Old Parish Church
The remains of Southdean Old Parish Church
This is the west end of the church where there was a bell tower. The church was first recorded in the 13th century but it is believed to have been built on a 12th century foundation. Hawick Archaeological Society excavated the site in 1910 exposing the low walls of the church and restoring the tower walls at the west end of the building. A roof was added to provide a safe storage area for various stones from the church. Scottish leaders assembled on this site before the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 and this is commemorated by an inscribed stone panel on the wall of the tower. The inscription is as follows:-

SOUDEN KIRK HERE IN THE YEAR 1388. JAMES
EARL OF DOUGLAS AND THE OTHER SCOTTISH LEADERS
ASSEMBLED THEIR FORCES, MATURED THEIR PLANS, AND
BEGAN THE INVASION OF ENGLAND WHICH CULMINATED IN
THE BATTLE OF OTTERBURNE

“WHEN THE
DEAD DOUGLAS
WON THE FIELD”

THESE WALLS REPAIRED
AND THIS STONE
INSERTED – 1910

The church remains are on the southwest side of the A6088 next to Southdean Farm and steps down from the road provide access to the site.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010
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Church (ruined)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 6314 0917 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:22.5072N 2:34.9918W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 6314 0917
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