MAXWELLHEUGH, a village, in the parish and district of Kelso, county of Roxburgh; containing 90 inhabitants. This place, which is of very great antiquity, and now a suburb of the town of Kelso, formed part of the parish of Maxwell, long since united to that of Kelso. There stood anciently here, south of the Teviot, and nearly opposite the Roxburgh Castle, a Maison Dieu for the reception of pilgrims and of the diseased and indigent; and its site is chiefly the ground on which the present village is built. David I. granted to the establishment a carucate of land in Ravendene; and it appears that, in 1296, Nichol de Chapelyn, the guardian of the house, did homage to Edward I. It belonged to the monks of Kelso, together with the chapel of Harlow, which stood at a farm called Chapel, about a mile from Maxwell. In 1389, Richard II. of England granted to Allan Horsle and his heirs the vills of Maxwell and Softlaw; and Robert II. bestowed on John de Maxwell the lands of Softlaw, in the barony of Maxwell. The church of Maxwell was a rectory, and, when the monks were in possession, was valued at £11. 16. 8. per annum. The village is charmingly situated on the south bank of the Tweed, opposite to the eastern extremity of the town of Kelso, and on a gentlyrising eminence; hence the affix of "heugh" to the name. It is surrounded with wood; and the prospect from the village, and from the ascent to it, is very beautiful, embracing almost every description of scenery. In the neighbourhood are excellent bridges across the Tweed and Teviot. The Earl of Morton had a residence in this suburb in the time of Elizabeth.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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  • Kelso —    KELSO, a burgh of barony, market town, and parish, in the district of Kelso, county of Roxburgh, 23 miles (S. W.) from Berwick, and 41 (S. E.) from Edinburgh, containing, with the village of Maxwellheugh, 5328 inhabitants, of whom 4594 are in… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

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