This was the site of the house of the Gala Estate's miller.
Dated 1867 and built at a cost of £2200, the original Burgh
Building is the two storey block beside the clock tower. The
tower (which looks like a Borders tower house) and War Memorial
were added in 1924-27 to a design by Sir Robert Lorimer. The
statue is by Thomas Clapperton - a local sculptor and artist,
about whom a small exhibition is to be found in Old Gala House
- and depicts a 17th century mounted Border soldier. Behind
the statue, on bronze tablets are the names of those who died
in the two World Wars. The sculpture of Peace was carved by
local sculptor David Sutherland. Every evening at eight o'clock,
the clock chimes out the first bar of the town song, "Braw,
Braw Lads". These bells were gifted to the town by the Cochrane
family whose two sons were killed in the First World War and
whose names you can find on the tablets.
On your left, at the bottom of Lawyers' Brae, is a bust of
Robert Burns which dates from 1912 and is by F.W. Doyle-Jones.
Burns wrote a new version of "Braw, Braw Lads". The song itself
is a rewrite of an earlier piece and the chorus is as follows:
"Braw, braw lads on Yarrow braes,
Ye wander through the blooming heather
But Yarrow braes nor Ettrick shaws
Can match the lads of Gala Water".
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