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Hawick Museum, Hawick, Roxburghshire (see also: Nisbet)

(55°25′18″N, 2°48′9″W)
NT 493 145
pre-1975 traditional (Scotland) Roxburghshire
now Scottish Borders
medieval Glasgow
now n/a
  • James King
28 June 2016, 11 July 2016

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The 16 pieces of the coped gravestone were found in a ditch next to the graveyard at Nisbet. Since then they have been put back together and the grave cover is now in the museum at Wilton Lodge in Hawick.


For a history of the respective churches of these fragments, see sites for Nisbet and Wheel.




Loose Sculpture


It is uncertain whether the cross has been added to the Nisbet grave cover at a later date or is original to the monument. In form, it is similar to the now-missing cross from Nisbet. Coped grave covers which are straight along the top are often viewed as a late form of hogback and dates in the later 11thc or early 12thc have been suggested. Similar fishscale ornamented grave covers can be found nearby in the cemetery of the old church at Ancrum and inside the porch of the church at Bedrule (fragment).

A date about 1170 has been suggested for the Wheel voussoir. Earlier sawtooth is usually carved with the plane behind the sawtooth slanted backwards towards the top, giving a flatter effect. On the Castleton voussoir the back plane is slanted towards the bottom, which gives a more 3-D effect. This latter type seems to come into use during the 2nd half of the 12thc. The sill and top of a simple rounded of window of Romanesque form was also found in the 1914 excavations.


J. Alison, 'Recent excavations at Wheel Kirk, Liddesdale', Transactions of the Hawick Archaeological Society (Hawick, 1917), 12.

K. Cruft, J. Dunbar and R. Fawcett, The Buildings of Scotland: Borders, London 2006, 198.

A. Curle, ‘Notes on a hog-backed and Two Coped Monuments in the Graveyard of Nisbet, Roxburghshire’, Proceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland 39 (1905), 363-366.

W. Laidlaw, Sculptured and Inscribed Stones in Jedburgh and Vicinity, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 39 (1904-5), 36 no. 21 and fig. 18.

J. Lang, ‘Hogback Monuments in Scotland’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 105 (1975), 206-235.

Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland, An Inventory of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Roxburghshire, Vol. 1, Edinburgh 1956, 88 no. 77, 124 no. 196.

G. Watson, 'Wheel Kirk, Liddesdale', Transactions of the Hawick Archaeological Society (Hawick, 1914), 20-22.