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Information on the village of Smailholm, near Kelso in Scotland.

Things you should know about Smailholm

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In 1866 there was a railway station 4 miles from Smailholm at Fans Loanend

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Rev Alexander Duncan and his grandson Rev Thomas Cleghorn were Ministers of Smailholm from 1743 to 1847, 104 years between them. Dr Duncan was the minister when Walter Scott lived at Sandyknowe and was the prototype for Rev Josiah Cargill in Scott's "St Ronan's Well".

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Smailholm tower served as a beacon to ships, guiding them to Berwick.

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In 1744 labourers earned 5d or 6d (about 2p) per day; by 1800 the population had declined and they were able to earn about 1s (5p) per day.

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St Cuthbert is believed to have come from Wrangholm, a hamlet now no longer in evidence on the farmland of Brotherstone. It is here that he saw a vision of St Aidan's soul rising to heaven.

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In 1812 there was a coach through the village every "lawful" day at 9am to Edinburgh; and a coach from Edinburgh going south passed through at 2pm.

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Rev Gideon Broun, minister from 1676 to 1689, was deprived of his post by the privy council for, amongst other misdemeanours, not praying for their majesties William and Mary.

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Captain Cook's mother, Jean, lived in Smailholm before her marriage to John Cook of Ednam. They are believed to have married in Smailholm church.

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In the mid-19th century there were two schools in Smailholm, the parish school in the village and a school at Sandyknowe, supported by the farmer. There were over 100 scholars. There was no known adult illiteracy.

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In the mid-19th century about 220 people attended Smailholm church each Sunday.

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There was a savings bank in Smailholm village until 1830.

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In may 1303 King Edward I passed through Smailholm. He was travelling north and his journey that day was from Roxburgh to Lauder.

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