In 1143, the lands of Gattonside were granted to the monks of Melrose Abbey by King David I. More recently, Gattonside was the home of modernist architect Peter Womersley (1923–1993), whose self-designed house, The Rig (1956), is now a Category B listed building.
The village is linked to Melrose, on the opposite side of the river, by the 19th-century Gattonside Suspension Bridge. Built in 1826, the bridge was repaired in 1992, and is protected as a Category B listed building.
| ("Wikimedia Commons" has material|
- Groome, Francis H., ed (1885). "Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical". http://www.scottish-places.info/towns/townhistory3486.html. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- The Rig: Listed Building Report (Historic Scotland)
- Chain Bridge, Gattonside: Listed Building Report (Historic Scotland)