Lauder  Berwickshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lauder like this:

Lauder, royal burgh, and par., W. Berwickshire, near Leader Water, 6 miles E. of Stow sta., 7 miles NW. of Earlston and 25 miles SE. of Edinburgh - par., 34,898 ac., pop. 1940; burgh, pop. 1014; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Lander is a centre for trout-fishers. At Lauder, in 1483, the Scottish nobles put to death the favourites of James III. ...

The royal burgh has a charter of 1502, but is said to be as old as William the Lion; the body of burgesses are proprietors of a common of 1700 ac. Thirlestane Castle (anciently Lauder Fort), the seat of the Earl of Lauderdale, adjoins the town. Lauder formed one of the Haddington District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returned 1 member until 1885.

Lauder through time

Lauder is now part of Scottish Borders district. Click here for graphs and data of how Scottish Borders has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Lauder itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lauder, in Scottish Borders and Berwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd July 2019

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