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Morebattle, Parish Church Of St Lawrence

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
  • Alternative name(s)
  • Canmore ID
  • Site type
  • Parish
  • Council
  • NGR
    NT 77221 25027
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.518458N, 2.36231W
  • Archaeological notes
    NT72NE 7.00 77221 25027 NT72NE 7.01 77212 25002 Graveyard (centre). NMRS REFERENCE Parish Church. Morebattle Church occupies the site of a late 12th-century building dedicated to St. Lawrence, one stone of which is still visible at its SE corner. The foundation of the S wall, with the remains of a single buttress, were located by excavation some years ago beyond the present W gable. The existing structure dates substantially from 1757 (OSA 1795) though additions were made in 1899 and 1903. It is oblong on plan, with a small chancel and porch which seem to be additions; it is lighted by tall round-headed windows and has a bell-cote at the W end. The churchyard wall on the N and the farmhouse of Haughhead immediately outside it over-lie the foundations of a building conjectured to have been the residence of the dean of Teviotdale (infra). The following monuments in the churchyard fall to be mentioned. (1) An armorial panel built into the E. gable of the church. This exhibits a shield with helm, mantling, and wreath, the crest being an escallop shell within leafy twigs. The shield is charged: On a chevron, three escallops, for Pringle of Clifton, and over all is a lable bearing the motto SPERO ET PROGREDIOR ("I hope and go forward"). This stone has evidently been part of a memorial, the usual funerary emblems appearing entwined in the mantling. (2) Two table-stones of a late 17th-century type with illegible inscriptions. The church of "Mereboda" belonged to Glasgow diocese from about the year 1116 (Reg Epis Glasguensis 1843) and was a prebend of Glasgow before 1228 (Reg Epis Glasguensis 1843). The large and unwieldy diocese of Glasgow was subdivided into two archdeaconries, one of Glasgow and the other of Teviotdale, by 1237 or 1238. The archdeacon of Teviotdale was, in virtue of his office, parson of Morebattle from some time before 1406. Under him were four deaneries, Teviodale, Peebles, Nithsdale, and Annandale, but the importance of the office diminished and for a century before the Reformation the archdeacons of Teviotdale were persons of no great eminence (G Watson 1907). The vicar of Morebattle was sometimes dean of Teviotdale, the deanery embracing the parishes of Mow, Yetholm, Linton, and More- battle. The church of Morebattle was burnt in 1544 (Letters and Papers, Henry VIII). RCAHMS 1956, visited 22 October 1937, 27 April 1952. (NT 7727 2499) St Lawrence Well (NR). OS 6" map, Roxburghshire, (1924). St. Lawrence's Well, Morebattle. No remains survive. RCAHMS 1956, visited 22 October 1937. EXTERNAL REFERENCE: ORDNANCE SURVEY This church, still in normal use, and the monuments in the churchyard, are as described by the Commission. St Lawrence's Well (correct name) has now disappeared under a scatter of large stones from which a slight flow of water still issues. Well revised at 1/2500. Visited by OS(WDJ) 14 November 1967.
  • Architectural notes
    EXTERNAL REFERENCE: SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE New window in church: repair of existing windows: building of new manse. A letter sent to Sir William Bennet of Grubbet gives details of his share of the cost. A postscipt complains of thatcher's shortage of divots. 1726 GD6/2158a

Related material information


  • 58217 (1997)
    General view from path from SW.
  • 58217 (1988)
    Oblique aerial view centred on village from NW.
  • 58217 (1988)
    Oblique aerial view centred on village from NW.
  • 58217 (1988)
    Oblique aerial view centred on village from N.


  • 58217 ()
    Postcard. General view from S.


  • 58217 ()
    Folder of photographs and research notes on graveyards in Roxburghshire.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet XVI1859

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 016.101859
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 016.101859
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 016.101859