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Remains of ST ANDREW'S CHURCH [Peebles] St. Andrew's Church (Remains of)
St. Andrew's Church (Remains of)
Ruins of St. Andrews Church
St. Andrews Kirk in Ruins
Mr W. Blackwood, Writer &c
Mr Robert Stirling, Peebles
Chambers Guide to Peebles &c
Johnsons Co. [County] Map
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Of the earliest condition of Peebles nothing is known. It comes into notice in records in the eleventh century and chiefly in connection with the bishopric of Glasgow to which it ecclesiastically belonged. On the ruins of a religious structure of unknown antiquity a a church of some importance was founded about the middle twelfth century. It was consecrated by Bishop Jocelin of Glasgow and was dedicated to St Andrew. The church was amply endowed and found it a number of clergy. As early as the beginning of the 13th century Peebles had acquired so high an ecclesiastical character as to have given its name to the rural deanery of Tweeddale &c.
Whatever was the number of clergy belonging to the church of St. Andrew while it remained a parish church of ordinary class the establishment received a great accession of ecclesiastical Strength in the year 1543 when it was instituted a collegiate church by John Lord Hay of Yester and the municipal corporation of the burgh. It was endowed for a provost ten prebands or altars and ten choristers." &c. Chamber's Guide to Peebles page 30
The Church of St. Andrew already spoken as being connected with the parish burying- ground head of the Old Town may now be noticed. This edifice could never have possessed any architectural elegance but it was spacious and at one time as already stated contained ten richly endowed altars. It was at one of the altars in this church that the soul of the past King James 1 the mumificent patron of Peebles was long prayed for. At the Reformation the edifice ceased to be the parish church. Yet at that period it probably was not unroofed and destroyed for there is a tradition that the dragoons of Cromwell when engaged in the siege of Nidpath Castle stabled their horses in the body of the church. For upwards of a century the structure has consisted only of a [few] broken walls and a massive square tower - the grassy sward of its interior being dotted over with modern gravestones.
The burying-ground spacious and secluded (though not kept in first-rate order) comprehends several fine old tombstones with poetical and other inscriptions worthy of notice. And here again shines out conspicuosly the good site of a former period in art which seems to have survived till the beginning of the eighteenth century. The more

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