- BIRGHAM, a village, in the parish of Eccles, county of Berwick, 2½ miles (W.) from Coldstream; containing 241 inhabitants. This is a small ancient village, seated on the north bank of the Tweed, opposite to Carham, in Northumberland; and the road from London to Edinburgh, by way of Kelso, and that from Kelso to Berwick, pass through the place. It is noted for several events connected with history, among which was the meeting, in 1291, of the twelve competitors for the Scottish throne, with the commissioners of Edward I., of England, to represent their claims, acknowledging his paramount authority over Scotland. One of two burial-places in the parish is situated here.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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