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Melrose Festival 1998 - Tour of Ceremonies

Gattonside Village Green

[Photo: Monk]
The Monks of Gattonside give cherries

House names of The Orchard, Orchard Neuk and Orchard Cottage are a link with the days when the lay brothers of Melrose cultivated here their south facing orchards. A pleasant ceremony is enacted at the village green when a resident of modern Gattonside in monks' garb invites the Melrosian to partake of cherries, the fruit of the orchard.

[Photo: Festival Queen and Court]
The Festival Queen and Court visit Gattonside

Boston House is a reminder of a family for 600 years resident in the village. Its reputed founder Bastoun, a French harpist with Edward's army at Bannockburn to sing the greatness of the expected English victory, found himself a prisoner with the Scots. So well did his celebration of Scotland's triumph please Bruce that he was rewarded with lands in Gattonside.

June 1998

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