Policeman's Gate

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The site of a notorious murder now known locally as "policeman's gate"

About Policeman's Gate

The ‘policeman’s gate’, site of the murder of a policeman in November 1880. PC Thomas Scott accused two Kirk Yetholm gypsies, Stovie Jock Tait and Will Blyth, of poaching and indeed two rabbits and a ferret were found in their pockets. Tait and Blyth jumped over the low wall by the path but when Scott and a gamekeeper that was with him, followed, the poachers threw stones at the constable, knocking him over and into the Halterburn. The unconscious constable was taken to Pawston, half a...

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