Our Stories

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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Old Parish and St Paul's Church, Galashiels

The History of Galashiels Church of Scotland, formerly Old Parish and St Paul’s Church

Gala 7s Rugby 1960s

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

Lucy Sanderson Cottage Homes

The Lucy Sanderson Cottage Homes


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

Sutherland & Sons

The Sutherlands

Printed Circuit Board

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

Mitchell Glass

Mitchell Glass


McQueen – An Enterprising Story

Charles Lapworth Portrait By Munns 1914

Charles Lapworth, Professor of Geology

Sir Walter Scott, image courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates Abbotsford Collection Trust

Sir Walter Scott and Galashiels

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