Edie Ochiltree's Grave, Roxburgh
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Description: This is the grave of Andrew Gemmels, the blue-coat gaberlunzie, who died at the age of 106, and upon whom Sir Walter Scott based his character, Edie Ochiltree in "The Antiquary".
On the gravestone are the words: "Behold the end o' it – The body of the gentleman beggar ANDREW GEMMELS alias EDIE OCHILTREE was interred here who died at Roxburgh Newtown in 1793 aged 106. Erected by W THOMSON farmer Over Roxburgh 1849."
The carving of the stone is unique.
Roxburgh Church Graveyard
Situation – OS ref: NT 700306
How to get there:
By car: In the village of Roxburgh, some 3 miles from Kelso. Turn off the A699, Kelso to Selkirk road, just past Roxburgh Castle.
By public transport: N/A. The post bus and school transport go to the village, but not a viable option.
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The stone is to the right of the church.
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