Each week Sepia Saturday, provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
My first photographs matches this week's prompt of the Library of Congress so well. It too was taken in Washington DC, on a visit in 2000 - in the Rotunda of the Capitol.
President Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol on September 18, 1793.
Below - the Massachusetts State House in Boston, built in 1798 on land owned the John Hancock, the first elected governor of Massachusetts. The dome, originally made out of wood shingles, is now sheathed in copper and covered by 23 carat gold.
Leaderfoot Viaduct spans the 90 mile long River Tweed near its junction with one of its many tributaries - the Leader Water. The viaduct stands 116 feet above the river bed and each of its 19 arches has a 43 foot span. The railway bridge opened in 1865 with the last train running over it a hundred years later.
Jedburgh Abbey from the river 1798-99" by Thomas Girtin
Jeburgh Abbey was one of four Border Abbeys established in the 12th century by King David 1 of Scotland. Lying only 10 miles north of the Border, the abbey was repeatedly sacked by English forces, most notably in 1544 when the Earl of Hertford's army raided the region in what was known as the "Rough Wooing" - an attempt by Henry VIII to enforce the marriage of the young Mary Queen of Scots to his son, the future Edward VI. After the Protestant Reformation in 1560, the monks were allowed to stay, but the abbey was used for a long time as the parish kirk for the reformed religion until a new parish church was built in 1871.
Today - the arches of the ruined Abbey
Hundy Mundy - an 18th century Gothic folly at Mellerstain, near Kelso, built by William Adam, the famous architect who also designed Mellerstain House.
A peaceful view across to the Cheviot Hills in the distance on the Border.
I could not help but think of the 1932 song, made famous by Flanagan and Allan
"Underneath the arches
I dream my dreams away"
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