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Our years of service will
serve you well

When you place your trust in David Hardie you can expect the highest standards of professionalism, compassionate care and a truly distinct service. Whatever you need, whatever your plans, lean on our experience.

David Hardie & Son has been an established Galashiels based funeral director for many years, serving the local community and earning its trust. In 1960, David Hardie started trading from Douglas Place, Galashiels, providing joinery and cabinet-making services including the manufacture of coffins for customers as part of his service. Like many joiners during the early 20th Century, this provision gradually extended to arranging the whole funeral.
Over time David invests in new facilities and moves to customised premises at High Buckholmside. Over a decade later, he is joined by his son, also David, and the company is rebranded to reflect this. Business continues to grow steadily and in 2004, David (jnr) sought out another family business with ethics and experience to take on the legacy of his own. William Purves, with its five generations and reputation for premier funeral services was a natural fit.
In 2009, David Hardie & Son moved to the old Ladhope Church Hall, transforming it into a beautifully refurbished funeral home including a chapel for up to 80 people.
Today our values of compassion, dedication, integrity and respect are at the heart of David Hardie & Son as the locally based team continue providing first class support to bereaved families in Galashiels and the surrounding area.

William Purves history

 

Helping you honour their life

As the final ritual of life, a funeral is our way of saying goodbye, honouring a life lived and a life loved. Funerals play an important role in our grieving process and often we can feel a huge responsibility to get it right. Which is why we start with the view that every funeral is unique and every funeral is special. In years to come we want you to look back without regret and take comfort from the way you laid your loved one to rest. We have been guiding and supporting families through bereavement for many generations. Let our family help your family by sharing with you the wealth of understanding and experience we have gathered over the years.

Our team

As independent funeral directors we serve bereaved families in our local community.

News & Blog

Explore our blog and news section for advice, resources and the latest news affecting funerals.

News & Blog

Explore our blog and news section for advice, resources and the latest news affecting funerals.

Testimonials

"It's reassuring to have all these details ironed out and in a plan for the family to follow."

C MacCrae (81) 
C MacCrae (81)

"... our plans will ensure that the children have a clear idea of what we want and we've put a significant sum towards paying for it."

G Ferguson (75) 
G Ferguson (75)

"Your Plan of Wishes checklist has enabled the whole family to tackle a subject we'd been avoiding for a long time."

H Smith (37) 
H Smith (37)

Latest Posts

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What should I wear to a funeral?

It’s a question we get asked frequently so James Morris, our MD, provides some helpful pointers. In my 30 years of funeral arranging, trends have come and gone as have fashion highs and lows. But one rule remains as important today as it was when I started out....

What to do with Mum’s ashes?

Whether you’re in the midst of arranging a funeral or immediately after, the challenge of what to do with the ashes of a loved one is often the final hurdle in, what may have felt like a marathon of decisions. In this blog we explore the different options to consider....

The real cost of funerals

Before the coronavirus pandemic, funeral poverty had dominated headlines, prompting a review by both UK and Scottish Governments and the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) into the sector. In this blog, managing director James Morris, explains why clarity and...