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Gala Burial Aisle, Church Street, Galashiels

A Category B Listed Building in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6123 / 55°36'44"N

Longitude: -2.804 / 2°48'14"W

OS Eastings: 349451

OS Northings: 635708

OS Grid: NT494357

Mapcode National: GBR 83VJ.QY

Mapcode Global: WH7WN.W6XB

Plus Code: 9C7VJ56W+W9

Entry Name: Gala Burial Aisle, Church Street, Galashiels

Listing Name: Abbotsford Road, Aisle and Tombstones Including Graveyard, Boundary Walls and Gates

Listing Date: 12 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373360

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31971

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Galashiels

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Galashiels

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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1636, with later alterations. Small rectangular-plan gabled burial aisle. Pointed arched plate tracery windows to gables; semi-circular arched doorway with imposts to W; deteriorated memorial plaques; steeply pitched roof. Moulded eaves course extending around gables to form hoodmoulds over arched windows. Finely sized random rubble; irregular red sandstone quoins and margins; stone skews; metal grilles to open windows; boarded door with bolt heads.

GRAVEYARD, BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATES: coped rubble wall to S with raised sections incorporating tombstones. Decorative cast-iron gates to SE; railings to N boundary on retaining wall. Predominantly 18th and 19th century gravestones, with some dating to 1600.

Statement of Interest

The Aisle, also known as 'Scott Aisle', was added by Hugh Scott, the Laird of Gala in 1636 as a burial aisle to the former Kirk that stood on the site from 1617. The Kirk was demolished in 1813 due to bad condition, leaving the Gala Aisle to stand alone, which is then said to have been extended by 6ft. The window to the S gable is a 19th century replica of the original in the N gable. The inscription on the plaque to the S gable read 'Glorie to God in hevin, peace on earth and gud vil among men' but is now illegible due to the weathering of the stone.

Some of the tombstones in the graveyard date from the 1600s and include that of Mungo Park the famous African explorer.

The Aisle roof was removed in 1971 and it remained ruinous until it was subject to a restoration scheme in 1992 by Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council, which included re-roofing it with stone slates.

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