Sunday, October 5, 2008

Edie Ochiltree's Gravestone

The Gravestone of Edie Ochiltree

© Charles Denoon 2003

Edie Ochiltree's Grave, Roxburgh

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Description: This is the grave of Andrew Gemmels, the blue-coat gaberlunzie, who died at the age of 106, and upon whom Sir Walter Scott based his character, Edie Ochiltree in "The Antiquary".
On the gravestone are the words: "Behold the end o' it – The body of the gentleman beggar ANDREW GEMMELS alias EDIE OCHILTREE was interred here who died at Roxburgh Newtown in 1793 aged 106. Erected by W THOMSON farmer Over Roxburgh 1849."
The carving of the stone is unique.

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