Peebles Professor John Veitch (1829-1894) (Glasgow University) once referred to the history of the Scottish Borders being painted in its place names. This is certainly true of the Eddleston Valley where the history of the valley is painted in the languages of its various inhabitants over the years.
From the early Celtic speaking locals to the later visitors from Scandinavia and Western Europe, the place names tell their own story. After the Celts, Vikings, Normans and Templars left their indelible marks on the locale, many of these names were reinterpreted by the later inhabitants.
The talk will conclude with a selection of anecdotes from the Parish.