• 1717

    Death of Rev John Gray, who leaves his valuable collection of books to the town to create a public library.

  • 1719

    Adam Skirving, songwriter famous for composing Hey Johnnie Cope Are Ye Waukin’ Yet?, is born in the town.

  • 1748

    Town House is built to a design by William Adam (although little of his original design now exists)

  • 1770

    Holy Trinity Episcopal Church built in Church Street.

  • 1775

    Another major flood, with the Tyne reportedly rising 17 feet.

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