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Hassendean, Roxburghshire

Historical Description

HASSENDEAN, a sort of hamlet, in the parish of Minto, district of Jedburgh, county of Roxburgh, 7 miles (W.) from Jedburgh; containing 21 inhabitants. This place is seated on a small stream of the same name. Hassendean was anciently a parish, the lands of which are now divided among the parishes of Minto, Wilton, and Roberton. After the Reformation the church and its pertinents were granted to Walter, Earl of Buccleuch. There was formerly a cell here, dependent on the abbey of Melrose; and a farm adjoining the church site continues to bear the name of the Monks' croft. The church and greater part of the churchyard have been washed away by the river Teviot, which passes on the south of the parish of Minto, and of which the Hassendean burn is a tributary. Nor is any thing more than a slight vestige now left of the ancient tower or stronghold of Hassendean.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis