A Description of the Parish of Melrose: In Answer to Mr Maitland's Queries, Sent to Each Parish of the Kingdom

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James Palmer, 1782 - Melrose (Scotland) - 71 pages
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Page 28 - Abbacy was endued with large Revenues and many immunities, as appears by the Charters granted to the Abbot and Convent by our Kings. It...
Page 43 - ... gardens and other conveniences — all this enclosed within a high wall, about a mile in circuit. Besides the church, there has been a fine chapel, where the manse now is, and another house adjoining to it, where the foundations of the pillars are still to be seen. On the north side of this house, there has been a curious oratory or private chapel, the foundations of which have lately been discovered, and a large cistern of a single stone, with a leaden pipe conveying the water to it.
Page 11 - So much with respect to the outside of the church. Within, on the north side of the cross, are beautiful pillars, and the sculpture as fresh as if it had been newly cut. On the west side is a statue of St. Peter with a book open, his right hand on it, and two keys hanging on the left. On the south side of this statue is that of St. Paul with a sword. In the middle of the cross stood the steeple — a noble piece of architecture — a quarter of it is still standing.
Page 60 - Commendator, though others say they had a Gift of them before the Reformation from Abbot Durie, one of that Family having married his natural Daughter. Many of the Stones of the Chapel are to be seen in his House, and some of them curiously carved.
Page 7 - ... when the ground here is plowed or ditched, the foundations of several houses are discovered, a great deal of lead got, and some curious seals. " ' At this place likewise there has been a famous bridge over Tweed. The entrance to it, on the south side, is very evident ; and a great deal of fine stones are dug out of the arches of the bridge when the water is low.
Page 51 - Roberton, and Walter Scot of Stirkshaws, for themselves, their kin, friends, mentenants, servants, assisters, and adherents, on the other part ; in manner, form, and effect, as after follows...
Page 14 - ... niches for statues. On the top an old man with a globe in his left hand resting on his knee, and a young man on his right ; both in a sitting posture, with an open crown over their heads. On the north and south of this window are two others of smaller dimensions. The niches are curiously carved, bearing the figures of men and animals.
Page 40 - BALD IGNORANT ASSES, SUCH AS JOHN ROSS, THAT DONNART GOOSE, AND DAN DUNCANSON, THAT DUNCY GHOST, GOOD LORD DELIVER US. For the understanding of this part of the litany, we are to observe, that there was one Abernethy, who, from a Jesuit priest, turned a zealous presbyterian, and was settled minister at Hownam, in Teviotdale ; he said the liturgy of Scotland was sent to Rome to some cardinals, to be revised by them, and that Signior Con had shewed it to himself there : He is...
Page 6 - Haly-wheel, [ie holywhirlpool, or eddy] and the Monk-ford. I do not think there has been any great building about it; for, as Bede acquaints us, their churches then were all of oak, and thatched with reeds.
Page 55 - Tweed, stands Bridgend, called so from the Bridge there, three Pillars of which are still standing. It has been a Timber Bridge; in the middle Pillar there has been a Chain for a Drawbridge, with a little House for the Conveniency of those that kept the Bridge and received the Custom.

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