The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Ladykirk

Borders: About 4 miles north-east of Coldstream, on minor roads east of B6347 or south of B6470, south of Upsettlington, west of River Tweed, at or near Ladykirk House.

 

Private   NT 887458   OS: 74   TD15 1XL

 

OPEN: Church open during daylight hours.

Web: www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk

 

Site of tower or old house, the location not certain. Ladykirk House was a substantial classical mansion of three storeys with long low wings, dating from the late 18th century with much later remodelling, and set in fine landscaped policies. The building was demolished in 1966. A newer building stands in what were the gardens of the house.

Ladykirk House, near Ladykirk is an impressive and substantial old church near Coldstream in the Borders in southern Scotland, built by James IV in the early 16th century, while there was a castle and mansion on Ladykirk estate, held by the Cockburns and Ladykirk: Ladykirk House (old postcard)

‘Lady K.’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of The Merse.
  Ladykirk is named after the substantial vaulted church [NT 889477] at Ladykirk village (which is some distance away from the house), also known as St Mary's Parish Church. The church is cruciform in plan with a small tower at one end, and was built by James IV around 1500 and dedicated to Our Lady or St Mary. It is only about 300 yards from the English border. The church was vaulted in stone so that it could withstand both fire and water, and has stained glass windows. 

Ladykirk: Ladykirk Church (© Martin Coventry)

The church is dedicated to Our Lady, who James IV believed had saved him from drowning (although not, as it turned out, from death in battle). A peace treaty was signed at Ladykirk between Scotland and England in 1560.

Ladykirk is an impressive and substantial old church near Coldstream in the Borders in southern Scotland, built by James IV in the early 16th century, while there was a castle and mansion on Ladykirk estate, held by the Cockburns and then the Robertsons. Ladykirk: Ladykirk Church, old panel (© Martin Coventry)

Ladykirk estate was held by the Cockburns of Ladykirk, but passed to the Robertsons (going by marriage to other families, who then took the name Robertson) and they held the property into the 20th century.

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