Woodend Tomb

The tomb at North Woodend is situated in a wooded enclosure 320m south-east of the farm at the junction of several drystone field dykes (NS 8040 7846).  It is rectangular with internal dimensions of 4.46m N/S by 3.72m W/E.  The doorway, in the southern side, is 1.07m wide and is still fitted with an early wooden plank door covered with painted motifs and lettering, as well as ornate nailing patterns.  The lintel has the date 1768.

Illus: The painted Door and the dated Lintel.

Opposite the entrance, the gravestone built into the north wall provides information concerning the reason for the tomb’s location.

Illus: The north-west corner of the Tomb.

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1.  Pediment with bolsters: “The Site/ of THIS FAMILY BURIAL PLACE/ WAS THE SPOT TO WHICH MARGARET .DUNN/ WIFE OF JOHN SCOTT WOODEND,/ WAS WONT TO RETIRE WITH A FEMALE FRIEND,/ FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER./ WHEN ON HER DEATHBED, IN 1758,/ SHE REQESTED HER HUSBAND/ TO BURY HER WHERE SHE HAD OFTEN ENGOYED/ SO MUCH SWEET COMMUNION/ WITH GOD/ HER BODY ACCORDINGLY/ WAS THE FIRST WHICH WAS LAID TO REST/ IN THIS TOMB/ # / THE SOUL WILL — SLEEP/ —- — NOT TO –/”

To its left, on the west wall, are two gravestones, the first of which is blank.

  1. Pointed arch between pilasters.
  2. Rectangular: pink granite: “In/ MEMORY OF/ JOHN SCOTT, WOODEND DIED 1762./ MARGARET DUNN HIS WIFE, DIED 1758./ WALTER SCOTT, THEIR SON, DIED 1797./ ISABELLA RUSSELL, HIS WIFE DIED 1841./ JOHN SCOTT, WOODEND, THEIR SON/ DIED 14TH APRIL 1858, AGED 82./JANET RUSSELL, HIS WIFE,/ DIED 29TH MARCH 1851, AGED 62./ AND THEIR CHILDREN/ WALTER SCOTT, DIED 1814 AGED 5/ ANDREW SCOTT, DIED 1827, AGED 8./ JANET SCOTT, DIED 1840, AGED 26./ JOHN SCOTT, DIED 14TH NOVR 1846./ AGED 22./ REV. WALTER SCOTT,/ DIED IN CANADA 1870, AGED 50./ ISABELLA SCOTT, DIED JULY 13TH 1885,/ AGED 70.”
  3. The east wall also contains two gravestones, one of which is so badly weathered as to be unreadable. 
  4. Arched pediment.
  5. Rectangular: pink granite: “IN/ MEMORY OF/ HELEN RUSSELL, WIFE OF WM SCOTT/ DIED SEPT. 13TH 1876 AGED 64./ JANET SCOTT, DAUGHTER OF ABOVE,/ DIED OCT. 9TH 1856 AGED 7.”

Illus: The south-east corner with the Door.  The Pediment can be made out under the ivy.

The doorway has slightly backset margins and is approached by a short flight of steps from a gateway in the surrounding enclosure dyke.  The walls are of random rubble with dressed sandstone quoins.  They are capped by sloping copestones, upon which is set a single course of rustic ashlar blocks, alternating long narrow stones with square ones to create a battlement.  Above the door three courses of large rectangular blocks create a stepped pediment.

Woodend Tomb                       SMR 517         NS 8040 7846

G.B. Bailey, 2021