List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
VIRGIN INNS [Peebles] Virgin Inns
Virgin Inns
Virgin Inns
James Donaldson, Old Town
Mr R Stirling, Tweed Green
Chambers Guide to Peebles
013 [Situation About 5 Chains North by E [East] of the Church
A house at the South end of BiggiesKnowe On the side of the Street next to Cuddy bridge There are different stories or traditions respecting this house. It is said by Some that it was an Inn or Public house which was kept by three Maiden Sisters, & others believe that it was a Nunnery in Connection with Our Lady's Chapel which stood near the West end of the High Street It has a small vegetable garden attached and on a stone in the South end of house is marKed 1736.
Cuddy Bridge
James Donaldson Old Town
William BlacKwood, Writer
013 A narrow stone Bridge of one Arch erected over the Eddleston Water on the road leading from the High Street to the Old town. It is said that previous to the Bridge being built a person Kept a donkey for the purpose of carrying people across at this place, from which Circumstance the Bridge has derived its name. the Eddlestone Water on both sides this Bridge is well Known as 'Cuddy' or Cuddy Pool

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On a few of the older buildings in Peebles also on several grave stones
in the churchyard the figure 4 has been carved ornamentally along with
inscriptions and dates. There is a good example of this on the gable of the house called the
Virgin Inns situated at the north end of the bridge over the Eddleston Water
A sketch of the stone is annexed. Besides the figure executed in an ornamental
manner the Stone has the date 1736 at which time the house was built by James Little
merchant son of Adam Little of Winkston. It was erected on a site occupied by ruinous property
The tradition in the neighbourhood is that it was at one time an inn Kept by three maiden
Sisters and hence the name which it now bears. As regards the figure 4 it appears to have
been a symbol of mercantile pursuits and was employed by persons to signify that they dealt in articles from
the 4 quarters of the world. Chambers guide to Peebles p. [page] 49

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