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 B row 1 – 4 – Moffat/Ross

In memory of THOMAS MOFFAT who died at Lennel Coldstream on the 26th April 1818 aged 85 years.

Also his wife HELEN ROSS who died at Barrow Bank Wooler 13th July 1832,  aged 78 years.

Also their daughter  MARGARET died at Ladykirk 6th June 1898 aged 4? years .

Also their son ALEXANDER MOFFAT died at Linthaugh Ford on the 10th March 1845 aged 66 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 4 – 4 – McAlister/Pringle/Steel/Carruthers

Erected in memory of GEORGE McALISTER who died Feb 3rd 1822 aged 79 years. Also his wife ELIZABETH PRINGLE died Nov 23rd 1813 aged 67 years.Also DAVID McALISTER rheir son died Jan 30th 1850 aged 74 yers. Also ELIZABETH McALISTER his daughter died Jan 15th 1839 aged 19 years.Also ISABELLA STEELS hiswife who died June 18th 1864 aged 82 years. Also RICHARD McALISTER their son who died August 17th 1879 aged 62 years.

Blessed are the dead which die in the lord.

Also AGNES McALISTER their daughter wife of ROBERT CARRUTHERS who died Dec 14th 1889 aged 67 years. Also the above ROBERT CARRUTHERS who died Sept 17th 1906 aged 88 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 4 – 5 – Haswell/Pentland

Erected  by ALEXANDER HASWELL in memory of ROBERT HASWELL his son who died at Upsettlington Feb 5th 1859 age 13 years.

Also his son ??  died  aged 23 years.

Also ROBERT who died in infancy .

Also MARGARET PENTLAND  wife of the above  who died the 15th of Feb 1879 aged 77 years.



Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 7 – 1 – Wilson

Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM WILSON who died at Clarabed Nov 29th a876 aged 76 years.

Also ELIZABETH WILSON his wife who died July 21st 1886 aged 83 years.

Also james their son who deiod at ladykirk Dec 8th 1924 aged 87 years.

Also JANET their daughter who died at Kimmerghame Mains April 14th 1931 in her 90th year.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 7 – 2 – Paulin/King

Sacred to the memory of ELIZABETH PAULIN wife of THOMAS KING  who died at Upsetlington August 29th 1856 aged 55 years.

Heven so them also which sleep in Jusus. God will bring with him.

Also of the said THOMAS KING who died at Low House West Ord on the 18th of March 1886 aged 83 years


Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 7 – 3 – Paulin/Anderson

Erwcted by ROBERT PAULIN in memory of his Daughter ALICE who died August 5th 1849 aged  6  Months.

Also THOMAS ANDERSON his son died May 8th 1859 aged 3 years. 

Also ROBERT his son died May 22nd 1887 aged 14 months.

Also JOHN  his son died August 24th 1869 aged 16 years.

Also the above ROBERT PAULIN died March2nd 1888 aged 79 years.

Also MARY PAULIN his wife died  Feb 1st 1907 aged 84 years.

And AGNES PAULIN younger Daughter of the above died sept 30th 1958 aged 94 years

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 8 – 1 – Lee

Erected in memory of JAMES LEE father opf the Rev WILLIAM LEE of Horndean who died at Swinwood Mill on 8th July 1826  aged 75 years.

Be thou faithfull unto death and i will give thee a crown of life. Rev. 11-10

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 8 – 2 – Lee/Cockburn

In memory of JESSIE COCKBURN wife of Rev WILLIAM LEE Horndean who died Feb 16th 1826 aged 81 years.

On the side of the monument

Also his son JAMES LEE M.D. born Sept 19th 1818.died at Duns Nov 1  1852.

On the Back of the monument

Rev WILLIAM LEE  died April 11th 1854 in his 47th year of ministry.  “The rest in unreadable”

He was minister of Horndean Congregation  for 41 years.

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 8 – 3 – Middlemiss/Brodie

In Memory of  JEAN MIDDLEMISS  wife of THOMAS BRODIE who departed this life October 19th 1814 aged 33 years.

Daughter SARAH BRODIE who died October 1st 1815 aged 3 years.

Erected by THOMAS BRODIE  and by desire of her two sons ALEXANDER and JOHN BRODIE  now resideing in Baltimore State of Maryland North Amwerica 1847

Ladykirk Churchyard Section B row 8 – 4 – Trotter/Blair

Erecyed by ROBERT TROTTER in memory of JESSIE BLAIR his wife who died February 8th 1844  aged 26 years.

ROBERT TROTTER his son who died at Shiriff Hill on March 18th 1870 aged 29 years.

ROBERT TROTTER who died at Horndean nov 15th 1856 aged 74 years.

HELEN TROTTER  his wife who died at Ord Hill April 21st 1889 aged 74 years.


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