Westruther are adjacent parishes in the western half of Berwickshire, stretching
from the lowlands of the Merse up to the summit of Twinlaw in the Lammermuir
Hills. The parishes are named after the only two villages in the district, which
is relatively sparsely populated. According to the Rev. William Shiels in the
Statistical Account of Scotland (1793) Westruther (formerly Wolfstruterh on
account of the wolves) was part of Gordon Parish up to 1647 when they separated
and the first church in Westruther (now a ruin) was built in 1649.
Gordon in 1920 (looking
Gordon in 1959 (looking
Traditionally the economy
was largely based on agriculture, but is now in transition, with newer small
industries, agricultural diversification, forestry, tourism, and rural pursuits
such as shooting, horse-riding and walking becoming increasingly important. A
growing number of people are commuters to Edinburgh and towns such as Galashiels.
The Reston to St Boswells railway, now closed for over 50 years, passed through
Gordon but now communications are exclusively by road. Both villages have
thriving primary schools and energetic and active communities with a range of
community groups and clubs on offer.
information on Gordon click here.
For further information on Westruther click here.
The two parishes were merged into one Community Council on Tuesday 13th July
1976 when they met in Gordon Village Hall. The Council now meets every two
months alternating between the two villages.
Ian Aitchison 01573 410585
Vice-chairperson – Raymond Heron 01578 740295
Diana Findlay 01573 410286