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Our Exhibition, Archive and Search Room is open every Monday from 6pm to 8pm, and every Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

What's On - Forthcoming Events

We warmly invite you to attend the talk whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm. The meeting begins at 2.30pm.
There is no admission charge.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy.
Light refreshments available after the talk.
If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.
Except where otherwise indicated, meetings are held in the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN.
See this map for directions.

Speakers at meetings occasionally need to be changed at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond our control.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - Society Meeting Beggars, Thieves and Whores - the ultimate medieval outsiders by Mary Craig, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

In the past, she has told us about witches and the Black Death in the Borders.

Now she’s talking about beggars, thieves and whores.
Mary Craig’s style is very lively and entertaining and she's going to talk about the lives and deaths of these, the ultimate medieval outsiders in the rural Scottish Borders of the 13th and 14th century.
How did they survive in a highly class-structured and religious society ?
What happened to them when living conditions worsened ?

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 - Society Meeting Treasure and a Coldstream Lad, John Hamilton Hall by Peter Munro, Abbey Row Community Centre, The Knowes, Kelso, TD5 7BJ

Peter will be talking about how he researched John Hamilton Hall, born 1799, a Freeman of Berwick-upon-Tweed Guild and an officer in the Bombay Infantry, some of his engagements in the Bombay Infantry and some of the problems that Peter found.

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 26 April 2015 - Society Meeting Crimes of an Heinous Nature - Looking at some High Court Trials by Margaret Fox, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

Margaret will be looking into the darker side of life across the Scottish Lowlands during the 18th and 19th centuries, examining not only crimes which have long passed into oblivion but also those which are still making the headlines today.
Drawing on her extensive research in the High Court of Justiciary case papers in the National Records of Scotland, she will range from the political to the domestic, and from the violent to the less so, showing how these records, in particular the witness statements, serve to illustrate societal changes and illuminate the past in a unique way.
She will also dip into Lord Cockburn’s ‘Circuit Journeys’ which gives a truly fascinating insight into 19th century crime and criminals from the perspective of a judge who was not afraid to speak his mind!

See this map for directions.

Sunday, 31 May 2015 - Society Meeting Hatches, Matches and Dispatches by Marjorie Gavin, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

A light hearted and somewhat irreverent look at births, marriages and deaths from 1700 to 1900.

See this map for directions.



Other Events that may be of interest

There's a long list of events by members of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.


Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland

Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland