Swinton, Scottish Borders

Swinton is a small village in the Scottish Borders. It is in the former county of Berwickshire, around 5 miles (8 kilometres) southeast of Duns, and 3 miles (5 kilometres) northwest of the Anglo-Scottish border.

Swinton
Swinton Kirk.jpg
A general view of Swinton Kirk
Swinton is located in Scottish Borders
Swinton
Swinton
Location within the Scottish Borders
Populationcirca 224
OS grid referenceNT835474
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDuns
Postcode districtTD11
Dialling code01890
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55°43′11″N 2°15′51″W / 55.719737°N 2.264220°W / 55.719737; -2.264220Coordinates: 55°43′11″N 2°15′51″W / 55.719737°N 2.264220°W / 55.719737; -2.264220
An aerial view of Swinton, showing the construction of Everly Meadow
An aerial view of Swinton

HistoryEdit

Swinton dates to the 11th century or earlier, and is associated with the Swinton family, who took their name from the settlement. In 1769, the village was re-designed and a market was created, now marked by the market cross. A parish church was built and still stands today. In the churchyard, the Swintons have their own burial enclosure. In 1843, the Free Church of Swinton was built, but in the 1900s the spire was removed and it became the local village hall.

The main parish church was remodelled in 1910 by Robert Lorimer.[1]

Notable peopleEdit

EtymologyEdit

The name of the village is a contraction of Swine Town, a name borne from the large number of wild boar the land was once inhabited by.[2]

Swinton HouseEdit

Swinton House, 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village, dates in its current form to 1800, and was the residence of many of the Swinton family.[3] It was built to replace an earlier house, which was destroyed by fire in the late 18th century. Both the house and the nearby 18th century dovecote are protected as category A listed buildings.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Robert Lorimer
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1846). A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. London: Samuel Lewis. pp. 519–526.
  3. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "SWINTON HOUSE (Category A Listed Building) (LB15339)". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "SWINTON HOUSE, DOVECOT (Category A Listed Building) (LB13850)". Retrieved 30 December 2018.