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Ruins of Church at Kilbucho

Kilbucho (Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bheagha) is a small settlement in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland in Peeblesshire and near Biggar and Broughton.

The name derives from the church which was dedicated to St Bega an Irish abbess. Several monasteries were dedicated to St Bega, many in Cumbria including St Bees but also in Scotland at Kilbagie in Clackmannanshire and Kilbegie in Argyllshire. Near the church is St Bees well[1]

Kilbucho is "fenced" in by hills on three sides, including some of the highest in southern Scotland east of Galloway. Coulter Fell is near here.

The area is strongly connected with John Buchan, the author of The Thirty Nine Steps and former governor general of Canada. It is thought that the inspiration for his 1927 novel Witch Wood comes from this particular area.


Most common surnames in Kilbucho at the time of the United Kingdom Census of 1881,[2] by order of incidence:

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  1. ^ Andrew Baird Annals of Tweedale Parish John Smith & Son Glasgow 1924
  2. ^ Most Common Surnames in Kilbucho

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Coordinates: 55°36′06″N 3°26′45″W / 55.6018°N 3.4458°W / 55.6018; -3.4458