In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Hassendean like this:
Hassendean, a station on the Waverley route of the North British, in Minto parish, Roxburghshire, 4¼ miles NNE of Hawick. Past it flows Hassendean Burn, winding 4¾ miles east-south-eastward to the Teviot, and overhung, on the left, by Minto Hill (905 feet). An ancient barony, it belonged for ages to a branch of the family of Scott, of whom Sir Alexander fell at the battle of Flodden; and makes considerable figure, in record and in song, under the names of Halstaneden and Hazeldean. ...
Its baronial fortalice or strong peel-tower, near the mouth of the burn, is now represented by a small fragment forming the gable of a cottage; and there was also a monastic cell, called Monk's Tower, on a tract still designated Monk's Croft. An ancient parish of Hassendean, conterminous with the barony, belonged, as to its teinds and patronage, to the monks of Melrose, and about the era of the Reformation was annexed chiefly to Minto, but partly to Wilton and Roberton. Its church, whose site, by the side of the Teviot, was swept away along with the graveyard by a strong flood in 1796, was a Norman edifice, and had such strong hold on the affections of the dalesmen that they repeatedly made indignant resistance to measures for closing it. Eventually, however, it was taken down in 1690 in the face of a riotous demonstration, on the part of women as well as men.Ord. Sur., sh. 17, 1864.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hassendean, in Scottish Borders and Roxburghshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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