Ladykirk Churchyard

Church History.

Standing above the River Tweed, which borders Scotland and England, Ladykirk was built about 1500.Of late Gothic style it is entirely built of stone, even the roof, which is covered in large slabs. This was probably a precaution against burning in one of the cross-border raids that persisted for many years after its construction. The top of the tower was added in 1743, possibly to a design by William Adam, father of the well-known Georgian architects, the Adam brothers. The ends of the choir and the transepts which project from the sides of the building are half-octagons, a feature of late Gothic churches in Scotland, of which this is one of the best survivors.

In 1496, King James IV of Scots was returning from a successful campaign in Northumberland when he was thrown from his horse during his fording of the River Tweed. After being pulled to the shore, he vowed to build a church as thanksgiving to Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin. He ordered the church to be built entirely of stone, including the roof and the interior seating, no doubt having the marauding English, who had a habit of burning Scottish kirks, in mind. The last time the king saw Our Lady’s Kirk was on his way to defeat and death on the fields of Flodden in 1513. The church has been added to over the centuries but still retains much of the original fabric making it the most complete pre-Reformation kirk in Scotland. The tower was heightened in 1743 and the clock added in 1882,a gift from Lady Marjoribanks. The stone used on the building came from Swinton Quarry.

The Sections are split section A is East of the Church
Section B is South of the Church
Section C is West of the Church
And D is North of the Church

There are many stones in the Churchyard that are unreadable so we have not inserted them into the site. Some are in but very few.

First World War

There are no Boer War entries for this memorial.

Second World War

There are no Boer War entries for this memorial.

Boer War

There are no Boer War entries for this memorial.


There are no Boer War entries for this memorial.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 3 – 5 – Currie

Erected by ANDREW CURRIE in loving memory of his eldest son LUDWICK ANDREW  who died at Ladykirk on March 20th 1890 aged 18 years.Also CECIL JAMES  his second son who died in London on June 28th 1875 aged 2 years. Also of GERTRUDE FANNY his 2nd daughter who died in London on July 7th 1877 aged 5 months.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 4 – 1 – Reddin/Spowers

Sacred to the memory  of HENRY REDDIN who died Sept 9th 1825 aged 75 years. Also MARY SPOWERS his wife who died June 1st 1818 aged 78 years. Also their daughter MARGARET died in Feb 1830 aged 32. And JANE died in Aug 1820 aged 19. GRACE died in Dec 1860 aged 67 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 5 – 2 – Ainslie

In loving memory of ROBERT AINSLIE  son of ROBERT  and JANE AINSLIE who died at Ladykirk 21st August 1894 aged 4 years. Also the above ROBERT AINSLIE who died at Birgham 20th July 1935 aged 75 years. Also the above JANE AINSLIE who died at Chillingham 22nd Jan 1943 aged 84 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 5 – 3 – Robertson/Henderson

In loving memory of MARY HENDERSON wife of ALEXAMDER ROBERTSON who died at Horndean 8th November 1895 aged 65 years.

Also ALISON their daughter who died 25th Nov 1912 aged 42 years.

Also the above ALEXANDER ROBERTSON who died at Horndean 18th May 1943 aged 79 ? years


Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 5 – 4 – Marshall/Henderson/Brown/Kerr

In memory of JAMES BROWN who died 10th June 1836 aged 50 years. Also his children John died 25th March 1850 aged 4 years.ISABELLA  died 5th Sept 1837 aged 13 years. DANIEL ALEXANDER ALICE and THOMAS  died in infancy . Also CATHERINE his daughter wife of SAMUEL HENDERSON who died 1st Nov 1859 aged 38 years. Also JESSIE HENDERSON wife of the above JAMES BROWN who died 27th October  1860 aged 67 years. Also JESSIE their daughter wife of JAMES KERR who died 6th jan 1885 aged 67 years. Also ROBERT their son who died at Sunderland April 20th 1886 aged 67 years. Also WILLIAM BROWN their son died Dec 22nd 1891 aged 67 years.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him thes. Also ELIZABETH BROWN wife of the above WILLIAM BROWN died  ?  March 1900




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