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Stow, Galashiels Road, Old Stow Kirk And Churchyard

Burial Ground (18th Century), Church (15th Century)

Site Name Stow, Galashiels Road, Old Stow Kirk And Churchyard

Classification Burial Ground (18th Century), Church (15th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Killochyett; St Mary's Church, Stow; Old Parish Church Of Stow

Canmore ID 54523

Site Number NT44SE 6

NGR NT 45930 44558

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Stow
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT44SE 6 45930 44558

For successor and present church of St Mary of Wedale Stow Kirk at NT 4590 4438, see NT44SE 27.

(NT 4592 4455) Church (NR)

OS 6" map (1970)

The old parish church of Stow has been disused since 1876 when the present church (St Mary of Wedale parish church - at NT 4589 4436) was opened, and is now ruinous. It appears to have been a late 15th century building, comprising a nave and chancel, which was largely rebuilt in the 17th century, at which time the S aisle was added (an outside stair leads to a doorway dated 1660). In the W wall are two mullioned windows; one is dated 1771. Above them is a double light in 17th century style. Some of the red ashlar of the 15th century church can be seen on the N nave wall, and it projects buttress-wise at the SW corner where there is a section of the old base course. The 17th century work is a mixture of rubble and freestone.

When the Scots conquered Lothian in 1018, the church of St Mary of Wedale passed into the diocese of St Andrews. It was famous throughout the Middle Ages for its privilege of sanctuary and for the fragments of an image of the Virgin supposedly brought from Jerusalem by King Arthur. (The parish name 'Stow' derives from the Old English for a holy or consecrated place.) (See also NT44SE 9.)

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1915; G W S Barrow 1973; C McWilliam 1978.

Architecture Notes

Now demolished.

ARCHITECT: Archibald Ritchie, Sculptor - Tait of Pirn Monument 1851 (wall)


Photographic Survey (1986)

Recording of gravestones in Stow Old Churchyard by Mrs Betty Willsher in 1986.

Sbc Note

Scheduled Monument Consent was granted on 27 January, 2015 for masonry consolidation to St Mary's Church, repairs to the wallhead capping and levelling and reseeding of the interior including relaying of the graveslab at the western end of the church interior. This work was conducted by Stow Community Council.

Sbc Note

Visibility: Upstanding building, which may not be intact.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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