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Polwarth Parish Church

Polwarth is a village and parish in Berwickshire, located between Greenlaw and Duns.

Other places nearby include the Blackadder Water, Fogo, Langston, Longformacus, Marchmont House and Marchmont Estate.

Polwarth Parish Church was built in 1703, replacing a 13th-century building. Polwarth Castle was situated halfway between Polwarth village and Polwarth Parish Church.

The Polwarth Thorn was a thorn tree which was used in village festivities. Several verses and melodies have arisen, e.g.:

  • At Polwarth on the green / Our forbears oft are seen / To dance about the thorn / When they got in their corn. - Also: At Polwarth on the Green / If you'll meet me in the morn / Where lads and lasses do convene / To dance around the thorn.


  • McKinnon, E E (1969) 'Polwarth Mill, Nr Duns, hammer stone'
  • John Mackay Wilson, 'Polwarth on the Green', in 'Tales of the Borders' (1835)

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