Village (medieval)

Site Name Bassendean

Classification Village (medieval)

Canmore ID 57311

Site Number NT64NW 15

NGR NT 631 457

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Westruther
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Accessing Scotland's Past

A mid-nineteenth century source claims that there was once a flourishing village at Bassendean. Today, there are no physical indications of this, other than the remains of a church.

The church at Bassendean was founded in the twelfth century, so this may indicate that the village existed at this date. It is likely that the village served the estate of nearby Bassendean House, the seat of the Homes of Bassendean.

By the mid-seventeenth century, it appears that the village had declined. At this time, the church ceased to be used, as it was situated too far from most of the parish population.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project at

Archaeology Notes

NT64NW 15 631 457.

See also Spottiswoode village, NT64NW 21.

NT 631 457. Bassendean was formerly 'the site of a populous and thriving village', of which no traces now remain.

RCAHMS 1980, visited 1979.


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