canonbie and district history
Canonbie from the air
Hollows Tower near Canonbie
Canonbie Church in winter

Canonbie and District History

Canonbie was the main population centre within the Debateable Lands bounded on the west by the River Sark, to the east by the Mearburn and Liddel Water on the north by the Irvine Burn and Tarras Water and on the south by the Border Esk.In the past, the main families holding land and exerting influence in the area were the Grahams Armstrongs, Elliots and Bells.

aerial photo

Canonbie the village

The original village of Canonbie was on the other side of the Esk near to the Priory. The current village was called 'The Bowholm'

Canonbie Priory

Canonbie Parish had an Augustinian Priory at Hallgreen, dating back to about 1165. The priory was destroyed during the reign of Henry V111after the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542.

gilnockie tower

Gilnockie Tower

Visit the residence of the famous Johnnie Armstrong, whose fate at the hands of James V is the subject of many Border songs and laments.

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