List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Hempseed Ford
Hempseed Ford
Hempseed Ford
plan of Kelso 1852
Occupier of Point Cottage
Rev. [Reverend] Mr. Jarvis
Mr. Stoddart
010.01 An ancient ford, now abolished and disused (as a public ford) by an Act of parliament, being within One mile of Kelso New bridge erected in 1800-3. The ford crosses the Tweed at the end of Bullet Loan and was a short cut to or from the Berwick road, in preference to going round by Maxwell Heugh. It led across Wooden Anna on the other side of the Tweed and emerged near Wooden Mills. The name Hempseed Ford might be supposed to be a slight corruption from Holm Side Ford crossing over to the side of the Holme, but on further enquiry it appears that Hemp seed was grown in the neighbourhood some years ago, and the names drying house Lane bleach field etc. seem to confirm the correctness of the present orthography. *
*On a plan of Kelso, 1852, Hempseed ford is written to the river from the Weir at Susy's lane to Bullet Loan, as though the name applied to a lengthwise portion of the river, and some parties state that this is the correct application of the name. Hempseed Cottage appears to have received its name under this idea. The river between the two lanes is fordable at any part, but the name is written on the Trace as though the ford was a continuation of the road, across the river.

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Town of Kelso Sheet No.6 -- 3
[Signed] Edward Waddington

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