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

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Boer War

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There are no Boer War entries for this memorial.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 15 – 1 – Straughan

In memory of  WILLIAM STRAUGHAN who died at Ramrig 9th day of July 1863 aged 94 years.

Also of AGNES wife of the above who died 8th Jan 1868 aged 95 years.

Also JAMES STRAUGHAN their son who died at Walter Stead Jan 5th 1880 aged 75 years.

Also WILLIAM STRAUGHAN their son died sep 12th 1884 aged 76 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 15 – 2 – Dodds

Erected by WILLIAM DODDS to the memory of JANE PAULIN his wife who died at Ladykirk feb 28th 1867 aged 49 years.

Also the above WILLIAM DODDS who died march 15th 1899 aged 68 years.

He died for my offences and was raised again for my justification.

Also second MARY SWAN who died at Berwick on Tweed 16th April 1902.


Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 2 – 1 – Robertson/Sparks

Sacred to the memory of JEAN SPARKS who died 12th June 1858 aged 70 years.

Also their children JAMES ROBERTSON who died 25th November 1824 aged 25 years.

And WILLIAM ROBERTSON who died 12th September 1845 aged 26 years.

Also the said JAMES ROBERTSON who died 30th November 1861 aged 61 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 2 – 2 – Hutchison/Gemmell

In loving memory of BETSY HUTCHEON wife of JAMES GEMMELL who died at the gardens ladykirk 13th August 1906 aged 59 years.

Also the above JAMES GEMMELL who died at Edinburgh 5th April 1917 aged 63 years.

Also their daughter JANE FEMMELL wife of ROBERT H. JOPHNSTONN of Ayton who died 5th Deb 1960

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 2 – 4 – Fleming

In loving memory of MARY FLEMING who died at Ladykirk Shiels 6th June 1929 aged 62 years.

Also DANIEL FLEMING beloved wife of MARY FLEMING who died 3rd Feb 1959 aged 84 years.

Also ROBERT FLEMING youngest son of the above died 26th october 2013 at Coldstream aged 92 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 2 – 5 – Pringle/Lewins

In loving memory of ANDREW PRINGLE beloved wife of GEORGINA LEWINS who died at Walterstead 16th July 1929 aged 70 years.

Also the above GEORGINA LEWINS who died at ladykirk 22nd Sep 1942 aged 83 years.

And their daughter MARTHA who died 26th July 1976 ahed 87 years

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 3 – 3 – Cairns.

In loving memory of  THOMAS CARINS of Ladykirk born 1st August 1865 died April 10th 1907.

And his wife AGNES DAVIDSON born 31st July 1863 died March 17th 1937

Also of their daughter AGNES born October 21st 1890 died March 4th 1967.

Also os their eldest son WILLIAM CAIRNS born September 23rd 1888 died March 14th 1968

And of their younger daughter CONSTANCE MAY STEVENSON born September 5th 1900 died November 10th 1970.

JOHN STEWART CAIRNS nephew died October 17th 1965 aged 74 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 3 – 4 – Trotter/Davidson/Anderson

In loving memory of EMMA DAVIDSON wife of MARK TROTTER who dedi at Coldstream 20th June 1931 aged 59 years.

And of the above MARK TROTTER who died at Coldstream 7th January 1946 aged 83 years.

Also their daughter AGNESS ANDERSON who died at Coldstream 12th March 1969 aged 69 years.

Also their daughter JANET UNTHANK TROTTER who died 25th November 1982 and EMMA CATHERINE TROTTER who died 26th December 1982

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 3 – 5 – Davidson/Welsh/Curry

In memory of ANN ALICE DAVIDSON widow of JOHN CURRY Lowlynn Born 17th January 1854 died 21st Feb 1933. “At Rest”

Also PETER WELCH beloved husband of MARGARET WELCH and son-in-law of the above born 15th jan 1874 died at Horndean 5th Feb 1940 “He hath done what he could”

Also the above MARGARET WELCH born 14th Dec 1880 died at Heburn 8th July 1953.

Also LETITIA WELCH sister of the above Born 7th Dec 1869 Died 1st Dec 1930.


Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 3 – 6 – Stobie/Swanston

In loving  memory of MARGARET STOBIE beloved wife of ANDREW SWANSTON who died at the royal infirmary Edinburgh 18th Oct 1935 aged 62 years.

Also the above ANDREW SWANSTON who died 8th June 1956 aged 84 years.

And also their son ANDREW WALTER STOBIE SWANSTON who died 22nd April 2004 aged 94 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 4 – 1 – Speedy/Allan

In memory of JANE SPEEDY who died 11th May 1840 aged 1 year.

Also ROBERT SPEEDY  who died 26th june 1880 aged 24 years.

Also MARY ALLAN wife of ALEXANDER SPEEDY who died 8th August 18 ?? aged 56 years.

Also ANDERSON SPEEDY who deid 30th March 1869 aged 96 years.

ELIZABETH SPEEDY died 10th Sep 1877 aged ?? years

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