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Information on the village of Bowden in Scotland.
This church and its predecessors have stood here for over 850 years. When the great Border Abbeys were being founded by David I, monks from Selkirk who were to found Kelso Abbey were granted land in Midlem, Bowden and Eildon. This grant was transferred to Kelso Abbey in 1128 and from then on there has been a Christian presence in Bowden.
The layout of the church shows that its origins lie in pre-Reformation, lying as it does east to west with a long nave and transepts.
The Laird's Loft
"Behold the axe lyes at the trees' root
The loft was originally in front of the transept arch and behind it was a retiring room for the family to use between services on a Sunday.
The former burial aisle of the Dukes of Roxburghe is below the church. Today they are interred adjacent to Kelso Abbey.
The church is very unusual in that it has four external staircases and eight doors. There was an external stair and door which gave access to the Roxburghe Loft, another gives access to the West Gallery, one to the Loft of the Riddell-Carre family, who are the present occupants of Cavers-Carre, and others to the vaults which are still in use.
The stained glass window depicting St Andrew was presented in memory of Dr Jamieson a native of Bowden.
The baptismal bowl, presented in 1905, initially had the names of those baptised inscribed on it, but the practice was stopped when space ran out.
The pipe organ, in its loft, was fitted in 1912, cost £400, and is still in use today.
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