Visit Kirk Yetholm and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Yetholm, Scottish Borders. Some 7 miles South East of Kelso, the “double” village of Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm lies on both sides of the Bowmont Water; Kirk Yetholm was the original village, Town Yetholm being first mentioned in the mid-15th century.
The present church, curiously large for such a small place, was erected in 1836 on the site of the old one. According to tradition, a number of the Scots nobles who fell at Flodden were buried in the kirkyard at Yetholm.
The village was for a long time the headquarters of the Scottish gipsies; a writ of James V in 1540 refers to “Johnne Faa, lord and erle of Little Egypt”, one of the “royal house” who held court at Yetholm. A cottage known as the “Palace” is still pointed out in Kirk Yetholm, but the gipsies have vanished, having either died out or been absorbed in the population. The last “queen”, Esther Faa Blytte, died in 1883. She it was who described Yetholm as “sae mingle-mangle that ane micht think it was either built on a dark nicht or sawn on a windy ane”. Her son, who became “king” in 1898, died four years later.
Jean Gordon, wife of Patrick Faa and the prototype of Sir Walter Scott's Meg Merrilies, was born in Yetholm. Three of her sons were hanged for sheep-stealing; another was murdered; her husband was transported; and she herself, in old age, died after being “ducked” by a mob at Carlisle for her Jacobite sympathies, freely expressed, soon after the Rising in 1745. Undaunted, every time she was able to get her head above water, she cried again “Charlie yet” till the mob gave up. But she died that night of exhaustion.
Yetholm used to hold a weekly market, and “Fastern E'en games” were celebrated annually; whisky-smuggling was prevalent here in olden times. Today no such disturbances occur, and the village is at peace.
Nearby towns: Coldstream, Jedburgh, Kelso, Wooler
Nearby villages: Akeld, Branxton, Carham, Crookham, Duddo, Etal, Fentonhill, Kirknewton, Milfield, Roxburgh, Stichill, Wark
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