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Information on the village of St. Boswells in Scotland.

Old Melrose

At some date between 635 and 650 Aidan and his twelve young men set off from Lindisfarne and reached Tweed. They followed its course till they came to the promontary, so familiar to all who visit Scott's View. It was on the knoll opposite, where now stands a house with its walled garden, that Aidan and his followers built the monastery known as Old Mailros.

The site he chose - about half a mile long by a quarter of a mile wide - he called Mailros which means "bare peninsula". It needed little work to clear it of bushes and scrub before building was begun and it had the added advantage of a spring of water. The best view of the site is from Scott's View on Bemersyde Hill.

Nothing now remains to show where the monastery stood.

When Aidan arrived at Mailros there was no centre of religion in this area, so the monastery is regarded as the first centre in southern Scotland to spread religion and civilisation. But we must not forget that, almost a century before this, St Modan in 522 had built a chapel at Dryburgh, and spent many years working there. Biographers cannot agree about the life and travels of St Modan, but it is thought that he ended his days at Roseneath. He is remembered in St Boswells by St Modan's Church and Manse and St Modan's Road.


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