Morebattle village centre
|Morebattle shown within the Scottish Borders|
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Morebattle is a village in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, on the B6401, seven miles south of Kelso, Scottish Borders, beside the Kale Water, a tributary of the River Teviot. The St. Cuthbert's Way long distance footpath passes through the village.
Morebattle parish church is noted as being in the diocese of Glasgow from approximately 1116. It stands on a prominence overlooking the Kale Water. The building was engulfed by fire in 1544 and rebuilt. The present structure dates mostly from the 1750s with extensions being erected in 1899 and 1903 by Hardy & Wight.
The village has a "Teapot Street" which according to local legend (unlikely to be true) was named by Sir Walter Scott, who, passing through the village one day, noticed the wives in the street carrying teapots to the nearby Kale Water to picnic, and remarked, "that must be Teapot Street."
Dialect of Morebattle
- James Thomson (poet), the Ednam poet, was born in Morebattle.
- Robert Davidson (poet), lived and was buried in Morebattle, where he is commemorated.
On the summit Morebattle Hill, half-a-mile south of the village, is the remains of an Iron Age hillfort (grid reference ). The fort is shaped like an elongated letter D, with its main axis lying northeast to southwest. The fort measures 190 metres in length by 70 metres in greatest width within a single rampart. The remains of a small settlement can be seen at the northeast end of the fort.
About 400 metres to the northeast, on a spur of the hill (grid reference ), is a second smaller fort, largely levelled by cultivation. It originally measured 70 metres by 50 metres within double ramparts. The northeast end has been destroyed by a later quarry.
- WFH Nicolaisen, Scottish Placenames. Batsford, London 1976. p.77
- Morebattle, www.cheviotchurches.org
- The Scots Magazine (1962), page 370
- History of Morebattle, www.morebattle.bordernet.co.uk
- Zai, Rudolf (1942). The Phonology of the Morebattle Dialect (East Roxburghshire). Lucerne: Räber.
- Morebattle Hill 1, RCAHMS, retrieved 12 May 2014
- Morebattle Hill 2, RCAHMS, retrieved 12 May 2014
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