Broughton, Scottish Borders

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Broughton is a village in Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders council area, in the south of Scotland. Broughton is on the Biggar Water, near where it flows into the River Tweed. It is about 7 km east of Biggar, and 15 km west of Peebles.

The village has a post office, village store, tea room/bistro, bowling green, tennis courts, a village hall, a petrol station and a garage. There is also a small cask ale brewery, Broughton Ales, which produces many popular beers, including "Merlin", "Black Douglas", "Scottish Oatmeal Stout", "Old Jock" and "Greenmantle". The village now has a small pub attached to the bistro, which sells the Ale, which is made just 100 metres down the road.


Broughton Burn, from Dreva Road

The village is best known as the one-time home of John Buchan; Biggar Museum Trust run a museum dedicated to his life in Broughton.[1] The Museum is currently closed, and will move to a new home in nearby Peebles in August 2012. Broughton is also home to Broughton Place, a private house built in the style of a 17th-century Scottish tower house, which was designed by Basil Spence in 1938 and incorporates decorative reliefs by architectural sculptor Hew Lorimer.[2] The village contains six listed buildings.[3]


The Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway had a station and its headquarters here, which was later absorbed into the Caledonian Railway.[4] The line is now closed. The Talla Railway led from here to the Talla Reservoir.

The village is located on the A701 and B7106 roads, and is located at the western end of the John Buchan Way footpath.[5] A bus route operated by Scottish Borders Council's SB Buses subsidiary links Broughton to Biggar and Peebles.[6]

Broughton, kirk ruin

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The John Buchan Centre". John Buchan Society. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Broughton Place". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Listed Buildings in Broughton, Glenholm And Kilbucho". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. 
  5. ^ "The John Buchan Way (Peebles to Broughton)". VisitScotland. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Millar, Alan (September 2010). "Third Scottish council starts own bus operation". Buses Magazine (Ian Allan Publishing): 10. 

Coordinates: 55°36′57″N 3°24′41″W / 55.6157°N 3.4114°W / 55.6157; -3.4114