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With its rich history including legendary tales of Sir Walter Scott, the Border Reivers and the Braw Lads’ Gathering, as well as innovation in business and development, Galashiels has a captivating past.

Having grown from a small settlement on the Gala Water to an expanding, prosperous textile town which gained widespread reputation for the quality of its produce, Galashiels also endured hardship when the industry experienced a marked decline, first as result of the financial crisis in the 1930s and subsequently in the 1960s and 1970s.

The introduction and impact of electronics into the town in the early 1960s created new employment opportunities and established the Borders at the heart of the global electronics industry. A driving force for regional economic growth, its two pioneers can be traced back to their one room in the High Street, Galashiels.

This section captures some of Galashiels’ best loved and also lesser known stories, from the Braw Lad’s Gathering, to the story of the town’s Pavilion Cinema which opened its doors as “The Playhouse” in the town’s Market Street in June 1920, to the success of Bernat Klein’s textile design business against the perfect landscape of Galashiels and the Scottish Borders.

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A brief history of Gala’s success in rugby sevens and a collection of memories from those who were involved

A brief history of Gala’s success in rugby sevens and a collection of memories from those who were involved

When talk turns to rugby in Galashiels, it’s not long before the club’s success in sevens is brought ...
The Lucy Sanderson Cottage Homes

The Lucy Sanderson Cottage Homes

Gala Mill was built by Robert Sanderson in 1826, specialising in the production of cloth for men's wear. From ...
Scottish College of Textiles/Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design

Scottish College of Textiles/Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design

Home to one of the oldest textiles teaching schools in the world, Galashiels has a rich heritage in the textile ...
The Sutherlands

The Sutherlands

George Paterson Sutherland (b1852) served as an apprentice sculptor in Edinburgh, London and New York. He founded ...
Ken Mill and Bert Currie – a Galashiels history of Printed Circuit Boards

Ken Mill and Bert Currie – a Galashiels history of Printed Circuit Boards

Historically trail blazers in the electronics industry, Galashiels’ pioneers led the way as the Borders found ...
Mitchell Glass

Mitchell Glass

Mitchell Glass – a fourth-generation family business based in Galashiels – was founded by Robert Mitchell in 1875. ...
McQueen – An Enterprising Story

McQueen – An Enterprising Story

The McQueen story is one of enterprise by two Galashiels families – three generations of the McQueen family and ...
Charles Lapworth, Professor of Geology

Charles Lapworth, Professor of Geology

Charles Lapworth (1842-1920) was one of Britain’s greatest geologists. He had a very close connection with ...
Sir Walter Scott and Galashiels

Sir Walter Scott and Galashiels

Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh’s Old Town in 1771, but the Scottish Borders – notably Abbotsford House, ...
Short History of the Dorward Family, Galashiels

Short History of the Dorward Family, Galashiels

Waukrigg Mill was acquired by James Dorward and his brother John Cochrane Dorward in 1890. The mill was known as J ...
Old Gala House

Old Gala House

Old Gala House, situated just off Scott Crescent in the Old Town area of Galashiels, is a beautiful and impressive ...
Galashiels War Memorial

Galashiels War Memorial

“If a vote was taken for the most perfect town memorial in the British Isles, mine would to go the peel tower and ...

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