Pigot and Co's Directory of 1837: Coldingham


Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory of the whole of Scotland and of the Isle of Man with General Alphabetical List of the Nobility, Gentry and Clergy of Scotland published by J. Pigot & Co., 59, Fleet Street, London, and Fountain Street, Manchester in 1837.

Coldingham's entry appears on page 301 of the directory.


This village, a burgh of barony, in the parish of its name, is 45 miles S. of Edinburgh, 21 S.S.E. of Greenlaw, 17 S.E. of Dunbar, 13 N.N.E. of Dunse, and 11 N.W.W. of Berwick; delightfully situate upon a small eminence in the centre of a fine valley, at a short distance from the sea, and near to the noted foreland, St Abb's Head, an opening from the Frith of Forth into the German ocean. Its antiquity is unquestionably great, for it is distinctly pointed out in Ptolemy's map of Britain under the Roman sway; and in this respect surpasses Berwick and other more considerable towns, whose existence is not authenticated for some ages posterior. About a mile west from St Abb's is Coldingham Loch, of a triangular figure, and estimated at a mile in circumference. The village consists of two or three humble streets, with a cross in the centre. On its south side are the ruins of the once magnificent and well-endowed priory of Coldingham, rebuilt by King Edgar, who personally assisted at its consecration; all that now remains of this edifice is the east gable and north side, which form part of the modern parish kirk, wth a few straggling fragments, including a small Saxon arch, part of the palace said to have been erected here by the royal founder of the priory: at one time this religious house stood at the head of such establishments in Scotland, and was famed far and wide for its wealth and importance. When the church of the priory was destroyed, its fine-toned bell, according to tradition, was carried off to Lincoln. Fast Castle, in this neighbourhood, is supposed to be the place described as 'Wolfe's Craig,' in the novel of 'The Bride of Lammermuir.' A church belonging to the national establishment, and a chapel of the united associate synod, are the only places of worship.


John Hamilton, Post Master.- Letters from AYTON arrive (by foot post) every afternoon at three, and are despatched every morning at seven.


Boag Major, Coldingham hill
M'Intyre Mr. William, Temple hall
M'Laurin Rev. Robert, Coldingham
Renton David, esq. of Highlaws
Robertson Rev. James, Coldingham
Weir Thomas, esq. of Bogan green


Allan John, grocer & draper
Blair John, tailor
Bouglas David, shoe maker
Brown James, blacksmith
Cairns John Fuller, baker
Christison John, shoe maker
Cockburn John, vintner
Cosser David, cartwright
Craig Alexander, grocer & vintner
Craig Geo. agent to manufacturers
Craik Thomas, blacksmith
Dickson Geo. fish curer, Coldingham shore
Dodds John, blacksmith
Edgar Robt. agent to manufacturers
Fair John, miller, Milldown
Ford John, boot & shoe maker
Gaie John, tailor
Gray Adam, cartwright
Gray John, schoolmaster
Greenfield James, baker
Greenfield Margt. brewer
Hamilton John, master of parochial school
Leslie Thomas, cooper
Lumsden George, shoe maker
M'Gall John, grocer & spirit dealer
M'Gall William, shoe maker
Nairn James, cartwright
Park James, tailor
Paxton Jno. agent to manufacturers
Purves James, blacksmith
Renton Margaret, grocer & draper
Smith James, corn merchant
Steele Henry, agent & manufacturer
Thompson James, vintner
Thompson James, jun. saddler
Waddie James, tailor
Wedderburn John, agent to manufacturers


To BERWICK, John Hogg, every Friday, and Robert Chrystle, every Tues. & Sat.
To EDINBURGH, John Hogg, every Tuesday.