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 4 – 2 – Hood/Forsythe

Sacred to the memory of HANNAH FORSYTHE wife of ROBERT HOOD Horndean who died 22nd August 1859 aged 47 years.

Also JOHN HOOD his son who died 1st January 1847 aged 2 months.

Also ROBERT HOOD who died at New Horndean 10th August 1891 aged 80 years

Also PETER HOOD  their grandson who deid at Edinburgh 11th Dec 1892 aged 22 years

Also MARY HOOD died 7th Sep 1926 aged 78 years

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 4 – 4 – Trotter

Erected by AGNES TROTTER in loving memory of her husband JOHN  TROTTER  who died at Horndean 22nd March 1802 aged 41 years.

Also the above AGNES TROTTER who died at Whitley Bay Dec 25th 1923 aged 65 years.

Also JANE daughter of the above who died in London June 5th 1947 aaged 93 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 4 – 5 – Lauder

In loving memory of DAVID LAUDER Horndean Bank who died 17th Aug 1937 aged 65 years.

Also his wife ADA MARY LAUDER who died 8th July 1954 aged 81 years.

Also their eldest daughter AGNES PAXTON LAUDER who died 6th July 1973 aged 75 years.

And their forth daughter ADA MARY LAUDER who died 9th Feb 1985 aged 77 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 6 – 3 – Cairns

In loving rememberance of AGNES second daughter of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH CAIRNS who died at Loanhead May 17th 1879 aged 25 years.

Also AGNES ELIZABETH and THOMAS who died in infancy

Also the above WILLIAM CAIRNS who died October 30th 1884 aged 56 years.

Also ELIZABETH STENHOUSE wife of the above  WILLIAM CAIRNS who departed at Edinburgh 18th Sept 1916 aged 86 years.

Also CHRISTINA  R CAIRNS who died 30th March 1934 aged 76 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 6 – 6 – McLeish

In loving memory of my dear wife AGNES GEORGINA McLEISH died 25th March 1979 aged 68 years.

THOMAS JAMES HARDIE died 24th January 2001 aged 89 years.

Also their daughter ISABELLA died 26th May 1938 aged 2 years

Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 8 – 1 – Balmer

Erected by SAMUEL BALMER in memory of ELIZABETH ALLAN ??/  who died May 6th 1867 aged 55 years.

Also SAMUEL BALMER their son who departed this life Dec 13th 1868 aged 24 years.

Also JOHN BALMER their son who died Jan 8th 1881 aged 33 years.

Also WILLIAM BALMER their son who died April 26th 1881 aged 30 years.

Also MARY  their Grand Daughter died Feb 12th 1883 aged 23 years

Also the above SAMUEL BALMER who died at Ladykirk April 10th 1885 aged 67 years

Also JAMES BALMER rheir son whodied july 22nd 1888 aged 38 years.


Ladykirk Churchyard Section D row 8 – 3 – Baird/ Fairbairn

Sacred to the memory of JOHN BAIRD beloved son of WILLIAM and MARY FAIRBAIRN Spittal Mains Paxton who died at the City Hospital Edinburgh 4th Sept 1947 aged 20 years.

Also the above WILLIAM FARIBAIRN who died 17th Aug 1967 aged 71 years.

Also the above MARY FAIRBAIRN who died 13th March 1971 aged 80 years

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