The sheep shot in graveyard, and other stories

INNERLEITHEN, UNITED KINGDOM: 17 July 2010'St Ronan's Cleikum'Burnin the De'il''(photo: Rob Gray)
INNERLEITHEN, UNITED KINGDOM: 17 July 2010'St Ronan's Cleikum'Burnin the De'il''(photo: Rob Gray)
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ANYONE interested in the history of our Border towns would do well to add a new publication on Innerleithen to their bookshelves.

Earlier this year, Innerleithen Community Trust, always on the lookout for ways to generate income, agreed to pay for the printing of and publishing of a small book comprising 10 articles by Ted McKie and which had previously been published elsewhere.

Ted selected the articles, updated them and put them together with his own and community archive photos. The trust approved and Elmbank Printing Services was contracted to do the printing.

The trust received assistance from Scottish Borders Council Community Grants Scheme.

The subjects covered in the 50-page book – entitled Cleikum Kist – include the stories behind the Cleikum Ceremonies, St Ronan’s Wells, the Cuddy Brig, Alexander Brodie who built Caerlee Mill, the Waverley Mill, and how a sheep was shot in the dead of night in the Kirklands graveyard.

The book was recently launched at Robert Smail’s Printing Works and Ted says if it sells well, a second volume might be possible.

Copies of Cleikum Kist can be purchased at A & A Caldwell’s, Last Century Books, the Premier Shop, Caddon Court, Robert Smail’s Printing Works and St. Ronan’s Wells.

Ted commented: “I’m quite excited about appearing in print but very nervous about how well the book will sell – I hope it will at least repay the community trust for its outlay.

“I also hope the book helps to raise local awareness of Innerleithen Community Trust.”