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Sprouston Parish Church
Grid reference: NT7584735359
Location: 55°36’36"N, 2°23’22"W
Post town: Kelso
Postcode: TD5
Dialling code: 01573
Local Government
Council: Scottish Borders
Roxburgh and Selkirk

Sprouston is a village and parish in Roxburghshire adjacent to the borders of Berwickshire and Northumberland. The village is located two miles north-east of Kelso.[1]

The village is close to the south bank of the river Tweed (200 yards away[2]), which forms the northern boundary of the parish and the border with Berwickshire in the very north-east. The eastern border of the parish is also the border with the parish of Carham and county of Northumberland. The parish of Linton borders Sprouston to the south and the parishes of Eckford and Kelso to the west. The parish forms a rough square shape about four miles across [2] and has an area of 8,637 acres [1]

The earliest mention of this parish in an authentic document is in the foundation charter of Selkirk of 1114 and it is also mentioned in the charter given to Kelso Abbey in 1128.[2]

Sprouston Kirk, completed in 1781, is a replica of an older (12th-century) building which was sited nearby.[3]

Lempitlaw is a hamlet in the southern part of the parish and was formerly a parish itself, the remains of its church being visible up to the late 18th century. In the 19th century it was a barony in the possession of the Duke of Buccleuch, while the remaining area, the original parish of Sprouston, belonged to the Duke of Roxburghe,[2] whose seat is at Floors Castle nearby.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles, publ. J.G. Bartholomew, 1904, p. 746
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 New Statistical Account of Scotland, Vol III Roxburgh, Peebles, Selkirk, publ.William Blackwood, 1845 pp.235-240
  3. Church of Scotland web site: http://www.kelsolinkedchurchescofs.org/sproutston-history retrieved Feb 2014

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