Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Lamberton

Lamberton, a former parish of SE Berwickshire, long held by Coldingham Priory, and annexed to Ayton at the Reformation, to Mordington in 1650. Its church was built upon an eastward slope, 5 furlongs from the high sea-cliffs, 3 furlongs from the boundary of Berwick liberties, and 3 ¾ miles NNW of Berwick town. The site, still marked by part of the outer walls, is the burying-place of the Rentons of Lamberton. The marriage-treaty of the Princess Margaret of England with James IV. of Scotland stipulated that she should, without any expense to the bridegroom, be delivered to the Scottish king's commissioners at Lamberton church; and she is said by tradition to have been married here, but really was espoused at Windsor, and brought to the King at Dalkeith. In 1573 a convention, which led to the siege of Edinburgh Castle, was made at this church between Lord Ruthven and Sir William Durie, the marshal of Berwick. Lamberton toll-bar - which stood between the ruins of the church and the line of the North British railway - for some time vied with Gretna as a place of runaway marriages.—Ord. Sur., sh. 34, 1864.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "a former parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 4th order divisions")
Administrative units: Berwickshire ScoCnty
Place: Lamberton

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