The Hawick Paper

Gatehousecote

First farmed in the late 15th century, Gatehousecote Farm lies between Abbotrule and Hallrule Mill, on the Foderlee Burn. The farm has been owned by Simon Shirley-Bevan since 2000.

Sheep driven from Gatehousecote (1896). Photo: Heritage Hub

Sheep being driven from Gatehousecote to Hawick Station (1896). Photo: Heritage Hub

Norman Walter:

My late father used to work as a herdsman at Gatehousecote farm and we lived in the cottages by the bridge. I am led to believe back then the farm was nearly 10000 acres producing sheep milkers and beef. I think a Gentleman called Timmy Douglas had the farm and still rears sheep but I may be wrong. My father was a Heardsman there and we left in 1961.