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West Port

The West Port was renowned for Bailie William Lauder at the West Port who was slain by the Earl of Home's men who had been pursuing him. He took refuge in the Town Hall then the tolbooth and they set fire to it in order to "burn" him out (1606).

In the centre of the road, you will notice Lauder War Memorial.

War Memorial

War Memorial

Lauder war memorial stands at the crossroads of West High Street and The Loan. The memorial is constructed upon a ramped brick base in the middle of the road and consists of a granite shaft topped by a lion rampant. The memorial was erected in 1923.

Not far from the War Memorial on the Edinburgh Road is Waterloo Place.

One of the former residents of Waterloo Place was a man named Thomas Dickson. Thomas was a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo and suggested the name for the area. He is buried in Lauder Churchyard.

Turn now at the war memorial and look over to your left to the row of houses known as The Loan.

Back: The Row Next: The Loan

Town Trail: West Port and War Memorial, Lauder Scotland