Cavers, Scottish Borders

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Cavers is a parish in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former South Roxburghshire, south-west of Hawick

The name means "enclosure".

Robert The Bruce rewarded ‘The Good’ Sir James Douglas with lands spread across Scotland. These included Cavers, granted in 1320.[1] Sir James had been Bruce’s trusted lieutenant at Bannockburn in 1314, and was key to his power base in southern Scotland.

The lands passed to James, 2nd Earl of Douglas, who, like so many other Douglases, was not to die in his bed, but on the field of battle, at Otterburn in 1388. James's sons and (a) daughter(s) were all illegitimate. To ensure their succession, he granted the lands of Drumlanrig (see Marquess of Queensberry) to his bastard son William and Cavers to Archibald.

Cavers remained in Douglas hands until 1975 when James Palmer-Douglas moved away from Cavers and the remaining lands of the once vast estates in Roxburghshire were put on the market.[2]

Currently, the Church of Scotland Parish comprises Cavers and Kirkton linked with Hawick.

Cavers House was built between 1750 and 1884, with its "Warden's tower", and it belonged to the Baliol and Douglas families. It was demolished in 1953.

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  1. ^ Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Reports Part 2, page 726, published in 1879,
  2. ^ "Black Douglas clan leader joins battle to preserve ancient church". The Scotsman. 25 February 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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