2 bedroom cottage in Melrose, Scottish Borders.
Gorgeous cottage in small village location, near to the river Tweed. 0.8 Mile walk over the chain bridge to the Abbey Town of Melrose, with its ‘chocolate box’ shops and cafe’s to it’s large rugby following including the ‘Melrose 7’s’. The property is newly refurbished and finished to a high standard throughout. Flat Screen Smart TV’s in the lounge and both bedrooms. Washer dryer is included in the kitchen. 2 local restaurants, 1 fine dining, all well within walking distance. Great place.
Local Sightseeing –
Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford is one of the most famous houses in the world.
Standing on the banks of the River Tweed, Abbotsford was Sir Walter Scott’s creation and, after his death in 1832, somewhere visited by millions. It was built on the proceeds of a phenomenally successful literary career, and Scott became determined to keep it in his family as he worked to pay off huge debts after near-bankruptcy in 1825. Abbotsford is an enduring monument to the tastes, talents and personal tragedies of its creator.
Scott was an obsessive collector of books, artefacts, weaponry and more, much of which can still be seen in the Abbotsford Collections. But his home was his most cherished possession, ‘the Delilah of his imagination’, his ‘Conundrum Castle’ and ‘flibbertigibbet of a house’ that would ‘suit none but an antiquary.’ Its architecture and interior design made it an iconic building of the 19th century Scottish Baronial style, and it remains a key site in the history of European Romanticism.
Melrose Abbey :
David I founded Melrose Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, in 1136. It was one of a number of abbeys that he set up in the Borders to show both his piety and his power over this contested territory.
The Cistercians were drawn to this fertile spot beside the River Tweed by its close associations with St Aidan and St Cuthbert. The monks came from Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, the Cistercians’ great northern English missionary base.
Monastic life continued at Melrose for the next 450 years. The last monk, John Watson, died around 1590. The crumbling abbey church was used as a parish church until a new kirk was built nearby in 1810.
A focal point of the Borders
The great abbey church of St Mary the Virgin at Melrose loomed large in the lives of many people on both sides of the border.
Powerful people endowed the abbey richly and it was a highly desirable final resting place. Alexander II (died 1249) was among the privileged people to be buried here. The heart of Robert the Bruce (died 1329) was also buried at Melrose, although his body was interred at Dunfermline Abbey.
Melrose’s location put it on the front line of conflict with England during the later Middle Ages:
Melrose Rugby :
Melrose Rugby was founded in 1877 and was elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1880. In the early years, the club’s achievements were modest. Their first Border League success came in 1910-11 and the second in 1938-39. Since the Second World War Melrose has remained among Scotland’s leading clubs. The unofficial championship was won in 1951-52, 1962-63 and 1966-67 and the Border League won five times between the war and 1971.
League rugby was introduced to Scotland in 1973 at a difficult time for Melrose and in the early years of the competition, the club often struggled in the relegation area of the 1st Division. Twice they were relegated but on both occasions came straight back as Division 2 Champions. The 1980s saw steady improvement, with Melrose finishing third in 1987-88 and winning the championship in 1989-90. This victory was followed by the most consistently successful period in the club’s history with successful championship wins in 1992, 1993, 1995, and five times Border League Champions.
The inaugural Tennents Premiership was also won in 1996 following a points differential win over Stirling County, and again in 1997. In 1997 Melrose also won the SRU Tennants National Cup – the first team to win this trophy and the Border League Championship, as well as the Melrose Sevens Cup – all in all, the most successful season ever for the Club. Further success in recent years has seen:
Melrose has provided 30 internationalists. Kelly Brown is the most capped with 64 caps, followed by George (Doddie) Weir, who gained 61 caps. Other caps include Craig Chalmers (60 caps) and Jim Telfer, who had a tremendous influence over the club’s fortunes as a player and coach, and, until recently was coaching The Wasps our semi-junior team. Jim is also a former Director of Rugby for Scotland and the British Lions coach. With the advent of professional rugby, several former players have represented Scotland at both fifteens and sevens and Melrose has provided 19 Club Internationalists since this level of the game was introduced, with five in the starting line-up for season 2009-10.