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Re: Mysteries or other novels set in Selkirkshire?

Meghw
 

Hi

This is a bit off course but my GGGrandfather James Nic(h)ol worked at Easter Kershope which was under the ownership of the Duke of Buccleuch. Sir Walter Scott was the guardian of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch as his father died when he was 13. Small world!!
Meghw


Re: Mysteries or other novels set in Selkirkshire?

 

On Wed, May 13, 2020 at 3:23 AM Meghw via groups.io <magwat12=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi

I haven't read any of these but the Ian Rankine (Rebus) books tend to be good. The Walter Scott books tend to be very long, I haven't read them but have read his poems which are really far more interesting. Bought an audio book of Ivanhoe and couldn't even manage that - very bad considering I live less than 5 miles from his home.

Yes, I tried to read some Scott books when I was younger, and couldn't manage. Now I've found an actual connection between my Cowans and Sir Walt (my gggrandfather worked for him as a shepherd boy) -- and still can't force myself to read the ones on my shelf. :-) 

I have however read one or two set in the Borders which include

The Cunning Woman's Cup by Sue Hewitt set in Berwickshire.

Hadrian's Trader by Richard Yeo - set near Melrose during Roman times.

After Flodden by Rosemary Goring - again this was very interesting. I then bought Dacre's War which wasn't quite so gripping.

Most of these are set in the Borders although Flodden is still remembered today in Selkirk on Common Riding Day.

Margaret

Now these sound interesting! I'll see if I can find any copies on this side of the pond.

Thanks Meghw!

Anyone else?

Valorie


Re: Mysteries or other novels set in Selkirkshire?

Meghw
 

Hi

I haven't read any of these but the Ian Rankine (Rebus) books tend to be good. The Walter Scott books tend to be very long, I haven't read them but have read his poems which are really far more interesting. Bought an audio book of Ivanhoe and couldn't even manage that - very bad considering I live less than 5 miles from his home.

I have however read one or two set in the Borders which include

The Cunning Woman's Cup by Sue Hewitt set in Berwickshire.

Hadrian's Trader by Richard Yeo - set near Melrose during Roman times.

After Flodden by Rosemary Goring - again this was very interesting. I then bought Dacre's War which wasn't quite so gripping.

Most of these are set in the Borders although Flodden is still remembered today in Selkirk on Common Riding Day.

Margaret


Mysteries or other novels set in Selkirkshire?

 

The Islay group is having an inspiring thread about books set in the Isle of Islay.

Are there any fiction books set in Selkirskshire or the Borders? Well, I answered my own question by searching a bit, and finding: 


Re: Yarrow and Ettrickbridge

Meghw
 

Hi Valorie

Lovely that you have visited the valley, how long ago was that? Was the minister Samuel Siroky (Czech), Bruce Lawrie or George Thomson?

I had noticed some Cowan gravestones up near the church as some of my ancestor's gravestones (Nichol, Baptie) are right beside the church.

I only moved out of the valley a couple of years ago having lived there all my life but given the number of incomers in recent years there are very few long term (with an ancestral past) residents there any more which is a shame.  I was just discussing that with an old neighbour last week.

It is a lovely place and I'm glad you got a lot of information from the lady up the valley. Which farm/cottage were your ancestor's from?  Mine lived mainly at Kershope, Whitehope and Lewinshope. Whitehope is the farm behind Yarrow Kirk.

Yarrow Feus is part of Yarrow as is Yarrowford which is 5 miles from Selkirk.

Meghw



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Re: Yarrow and Ettrickbridge

 

Meghw, when my father and sister and I visited Scotland, the most important place to spend time in was Yarrow Feus, which I guess is part of Yarrow, because that is where my Cowans lived before emigrating to Canada in 1832. It was wonderful! We drove out to St. Mary's Loch, and another day drove over the hill to Ettrickbridge and walked around a bit there. 

We came Sunday to go to church where those ancestors had attended, but missed the service due to the sign on the church giving the wrong hour! However, we were in time to greet people as they left the service, including the pastor who introduced us to a lovely lady whose family had lived in Yarrow for generations. She invited us to her home for tea and told us so much about the area.

I will never forget the visit, or walking around the churchyard reading the stones. 

It was all so lovely, but seems to lack people!

Valorie Cowan Zimmerman


Brown, Harkness, Lothian

Meghw
 


My maternal family have the following names

BROWN - Selkirk, Galashiels 1844 to present
HARKNESS - Melrose, Galashiels 1760 - 1920s
LOTHIAN - Melrose 1790 -18, Galashiels 1840s Selkirk 1860 onwards

If anyone recognises any of these please get in touch,

Thanks
Meghw


Yarrow and Ettrickbridge

Meghw
 

My paternal family lived in Yarrow for many years, their main line was Nic(h)ol living at Kershope with a Baptie connection.  The Mitchell family lived at Ettrickbridge and were joiners/carpenters and moved there pre 1841 from Lilliesleaf. If anyone thinks they may be related I would be glad to hear from them

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