Person NameEccles estate
ActivityEccles (from the Latin - ecclesis - a religious assembly), Berwickshire, is almost on the boundary with Roxburgh. The nunnery at Eccles, was founded in the year, 1154, next to the church, by Cospartick, Earl of March. It occupied about 6 acres, and the remains of a wall can still be seen forming the east gable of the mansion house. The nunnery and village was destroyed by the Earl of Hertford during the reign of Henry VIII. The nunnery village and lands of Eccles were transferred to Alexander Hamilton of Innerwick by the Prioress, Mary Hamilton, 1567, which was confirmed by Mary, Queen of Scots. Eccles was created a civil Lordship by James VI in favour of George Home, whom he created Lord Home of Berwick, 1604 and Earl of Dunbar, 1605. The lands have also been owned by the marquis of Tweedale; Sir John Home, Earl of Home, 1667-1683; Sir W Purves Hume Campbell; and Sir John Marjoribanks. The estate of Eccles was made bankrupt in the early 18th century.
Corporate NameEccles estate
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