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Ednam Sunrise

This site has dealt with ancient Ednam and Ednam at present but a reader has suggested that there is room for stories of Ednam in the years between. She suggests that people presently in the Ednam area will have ancestors going back a considerable time and will have photos and stories. To start us off she has sent three pictures from her family album going back to early 20th century

The white building was the schoolhouse while the adjoining building was the school (photo taken in 2005 from behind the church) The new school was built on the other side of the road from Ednam to Stitchill and opened in 1911.

The following are copies of a few of entries from the school records around this time. They make fascinating reading and give a very clear insight into the lives of the children in a rural community. The records tell us that there was seldom need for discipline and vever for bad behaviour

Last Year in the old building and the excitement can be felt. 1910 25th November Still in the old school and on the old foundations but not for long as the new school which I have just visited will be ready for occupation not later than June.

Examined the Junior School, ages from five to eight, taught by Miss Kennedy, on all the newest lines such as Phonic Reading. Thirty-six are on the roll. Children are all alive to the fingertips.


Examined the Senior School taught by Mr McDonald. Forty-nine children on roll, aged from nine to fourteen years. Heard singing lesson including Gaelic, Scottish and Shakespearean songs which form an excellent voice training. Saw children engaged in drawing and painting lesson, the subjects being ivy leaves. Examined the jotters and was greatly delighted with the neatness and intelligence of all the work.

Visited the Technical Department of the school. Miss Brownlee teaches the Technical subjects, the business for the day being that of Practical Dairying. There are thirteen on the roll of the Technical Class. Milk was churned and butter was made in a most expeditious, business-like manner.

John Burleigh, Minister of Ednam.

Note; Ednam was one of the few schools which had its own cow for the purpose of teaching dairying to its students.

The long awaited day has arrived 1911 10th November

Today the new school was opened by Lord Reay.

The weather was favourable and there was a large attendance of the public, many having come long distances. The proceedings began with the singing of the 100th Psalm followed by a prayer by Rev. Burleigh.

At the close ´God Save the King´ was sung led by the schoolchildren. There was an opportunity then given to inspect the different rooms, a privilege which was much taken advantage of.

The magnificent building was much admired and all were loud in their praises of the generosity of Sir Richard Waldie Griffiths.

School was financed by the local council and Sir Richard, and although it is not known how much Sir Richard contributed it was a substancial percentage of the overall cost.

The new school opened in 1911

1912 May The following competitions took place recently:- Dairying, Cookery, Laundry, Gardening, Science and Woodwork. The prizes for all subjects were presented by Sir Richard Waldie Griffiths of Hendersyde on the 24th which was celebrated as Empire Day. The following were awarded by the Free Church of Scotland a beautiful Bible and a diploma for the repetition of the whole Shorter Catechism without a mistake:- Violet Robertson, Annie Purves, James Matthews, Bella Graham, Katie Cessford, George McDonald and Maggie Middlemas.

1913 12th December On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week "Julius Caesar" was staged by the scholars before crowded houses. At the close of the performances, the chairman spoke in most complimentary terms of the way in which the children did their parts.

1914 It was agreed that in the event of the school being let for any purpose, the ordinary charges should be 3 shillings per evening, when the school is lighted and 1/6 when the school is not, together with a gratuity to the caretaker.

During the Second World War records show that 19 children from Leith Primary School in Edinburgh were evacuated to Ednam and attended Ednam School. Life here must have been very different for those children from an inner-city school.

Changes begin in the village In 1896 The Earl of Dudley sold Brewery House (it is now called Eden House) to the Schoolmaster - Mr David Pringle. Mr Pringle continued as head of the school and is buried in the Kirkyard. Although parts of Ednam had been sold off in previous years when debts had mounted it was about this time that parts of the Village changed hands.Eden House (subjects 1) and the Haugh land (subjects 11) on the south bank of the River Eden were sold to David Pringle

Mr and Mrs Pringle

At Brewery House (now Eden House) around the beginning of the 20th Century
Brewery House anf Haugh land remained as a whole until the year 1959 when the owner of Eden House at that time, Mrs Nellie Simpson Ballantyne sold the haugh land to a local farmer Mr. Rennie, of Smithy House, Ednam.


The Old Smithy

Opposite the Haugh Land

The Haugh Land between south bank of River Eden and Ednam/Kelso road In this sale there is a condition attached, which is recorded in SS 3877 in Scottish Archives, Edinburgh,namely: a Deed of Condition and Restriction whereby the proprietor(ie Mr Rennie) of Piece of enclosed Haugh land, with River Eden, so far as it runs through same, extending to 5 and 137/1000acres, In Parish of Ednam, 11 described in Disp to David Pringle, recorded 30th June 1896, agrees to the condition that the said subjects shall be used solely for grazing and Declares said condition to be a real burden in favour of the proprietor (named) and her successors as proprietors of House known as Eden House in Village of Ednam forming part of subjects 1 described in disp to David Pringle recorded 30th June 1896". This condition means that the villagers can be assured that that land will remain as a field.

Also in 1896 when Eden House was sold water was supplied from a well in the grounds of the old brewery. Earl of Dudley imposed conditions regarding this water and these are available at the Scottish Archives. The Foundation Writ reads that although William Humble has sold the property it had conditions to the effect that the water in the well would belong to Wm. Humble and the owner of Eden House jointly but with the villagers having "at all time" prior claim to the water. The farm at Cliftonhill and the cottages thereon were similarly protected. To this end the weir and lade at the river were excluded from the sale and remained the property of the Earl of Dudley. These conditions still appear in the current foundation writ although the well is no longer in use. A lot has changed since 1896 and home owners no longer need to fetch water. Water was led to Clifton Hill from East Mill in the 1930s

  flat land

The New School opened in 1911


A Gathering in the 1920´s

A Party

During World War Two


Thank You Gina

Gina has promised to give us more pictures and stories of her ancestors.
If anyone elso would like to join in then I would be delighted to post the information on this site

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