Dating back to 1535 as a peel tower, Bemersyde was bought by the British Government in 1921 and presented to Field-Marshal The 1st Earl Haig, the British Commander in World War I. The House is the seat of Clan Haig. Sir Walter Scott was a friend of the family. The family motto of the Earls Haig is "Tyde what may", which refers to a 13th-century poem by Thomas the Rhymer which predicted that there would always be a Haig in Bemersyde:
'Tyde what may betyde
Haig shall be Haig of Bemersyde'.
- RCAHMS/Canmore record for Bemersyde House, Outbuildings
- RCAHMS record for Bemersyde House, Gardens
- SCRAN image: Bemersyde, cast-iron fingerpost
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