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BFHS Publications - Monumental Inscriptions

This shows all our Monumental Inscriptions volumes currently for sale.
Society members get a discount of £1 per volume.
Examples of Gravestone (Tombstone) Inscriptions.

Scottish Borders Council has a list of burial grounds.

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Each volume contains the inscription on all the (readable) gravestones (tombstones) in the respective burial place at the time of publication, and there is an index to the surnames in the inscriptions at the back.
Most volumes include a Hearth Tax list, War Memorial inscriptions, a list of kirk ministers, and many have a militia list.

See a sample of the content for the Oxnam volume.

Please send your orders to: Borders Family History Society, 64 Talisman Avenue, Galashiels, TD1 2DL, Scotland.
Please read our Terms of Sale for Publications, before sending your order.
At the moment we don't have an online shopping facility. You may send your order by email, at your own risk, we do not recommend it, though no problems have been reported to us; or contact our Sales Convenor, Mary, using our Contact Form - Order for Publications for further information.

Please note: Postage must be paid on the total weight of the order.
See the Postage Table for postage costs and acceptable forms of payment.


Cover Burial Place County Price (£) Weight (g) Notes No of Stones
CD Image or book coverAbbey St Bathans CDBerwickshire6.0070115 gravestones with photographs of all stones. Includes Hearth Tax, Militia List, Roll of Honour.   115
CD Image or book coverAncrum and LongnewtonRoxburghshire7.00150 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 560 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  560
CD Image or book coverAshkirkSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones. List of Ministers, Militia List, School Attendance 1890 - 1894, Lair Maps, Place Name Index, Separate Scott Index. Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarians.  310
CD Image or book coverAytonBerwickshire7.00200Poll Tax 1695.
Review 
1050
CD Image or book coverBedruleRoxburghshire5.00100 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 181 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  181
CD Image or book coverBowden CDRoxburghshire7.5070Contains photos of all the gravestones as well as photos of the church and graveyard. Includes Bowden war memorial.  318
CD Image or book coverCavers & Kirkton (including Denholm)Roxburghshire8.50205 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 820 gravestones in Cavers Old churchyard and new cemetery, Kirkton churchyard and Denholm cemetery. Includes War Memorials. There is an index to the surnames.   820
CD Image or book coverChannelkirk and LegerwoodBerwickshire7.00150 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 376 gravestones in Channelkirk churchyard and cemetery and Legerwood churchyard. Also includes the War Memorial and an index to the surnames  376
CD Image or book coverColdinghamBerwickshire10.0070CD version. 1094 gravestones and memorials indexed by Surname, First Names and Date of Death. Photographs of gravestones and memorials. Includes Hearth Tax, Militia List, Militia Families Vouchers, War Memorials, Rolls of Honour and a plan of the churchyard.  1094
CD Image or book coverCrailing & Nisbet CDRoxburghshire6.0070New revised edition with 61 additional stones, and photographs of 294 stones. No Militia List.   355
CD Image or book coverCranshaws CDBerwickshire6.0070Includes Old burial ground and churchyard with photographs of all stones. Includes Hearth Tax, Militia List, Roll of Honour.   123
CD Image or book coverDuns CDBerwickshire9.0070Includes Old churchyard at the Parish Church and the burial ground at Christ Church Episcopalian Church with photographs of all stones. Includes Hearth Tax, Militia Lists, War Memorial and Roll of Honour.  544
CD Image or book coverEarlstonBerwickshire8.50200Front cover has a line drawing of Earlston church and graveyard.
Back cover has a photograph of the War Memorial with its fine Celtic-style cross. 
1047
CD Image or book coverEccles (with Birgham and Leitholm)Berwickshire7.00160Hearth Tax, List of Ministers, War Memorial Inscriptions, and Militia List is for Eccles only.  740
CD Image or book coverEckfordRoxburghshire5.00100Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 247 gravestones in the Eckford and Old Caverton churchyards and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  247
CD Image or book coverEdgerstonRoxburghshire5.00100 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 108 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  108
CD Image or book coverEdnamRoxburghshire5.00100Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 245 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames. 2nd edition. Revised and reprinted.  245
CD Image or book coverEttrick KirkyardSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones and the war memorial. Has notes on James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, Rev. Thomas Boston, and Tibbie Shiel (also known as Mrs Isabella Richardson), and a Place Name Index. No Hearth Tax list or list of ministers. Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarians.  235
CD Image or book coverFogoBerwickshire5.00110 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 269 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  269
CD Image or book coverFoulden and MordingtonBerwickshire7.00140Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 540 gravestones in Foulden churchyard, Mordington Old churchyard and new cemetery and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames. War Memorial inscriptions for Foulden only.  540
CD Image or book coverGalashiels - Eastlands and St Peter’s Selkirkshire15.0070Includes photographs of all stones, Militia Lists, Galashiels War Memorial, together with War Memorials in Gala Academy, St Peter’s Church and the Old Parish and St Paul’s Church. No Hearth Tax list. No list of kirk ministers.  3322
CD Image or book coverGalashiels - Old LadhopeSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones and videos of the graveyard. No Hearth Tax list, war memorial, list of ministers, or militia list.  121
CD Image or book coverGordon, Nenthorn, & WestrutherBerwickshire7.00200 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 933 gravestones in Gordon chucrhyard & cemetery, Nenthorn Old burial ground and Westruther churchyard and cemetery and the war memorials. There is an index to the surnames.  933
CD Image or book coverHounam and LintonRoxburghshire7.50703rd edition on CD. Now has an extra 85 gravestones. Includes photographs of all the gravestones and the kirks. Includes Militia Lists.   409
CD Image or book coverHoundwoodBerwickshire7.5070Contains photos of the gravestones. No Hearth Tax or Militia List.  321
CD Image or book coverInnerleithen CDPeeblesshire12.0070Includes Leithen Road and Traquair Road burial grounds with photographs of all stones. Includes Poll Tax, War Memorials in Innerleithen and Walkerburn, Rolls of Honour and memorials  1232
CD Image or book coverKelso - Rosebank Cemetery - CDRoxburghshire10.0070CD Version. Includes Militia List. No Hearth Tax list. No War Memorial inscriptions. No list of kirk ministers. Covers stones installed between 1870 and 2002.  2454
CD Image or book coverKelso Abbey, Old Churchyard & St Andrew’s CDRoxburghshire10.0070Details and photographs of 460 monumental (gravestone) inscriptions for Kelso Old Churchyard, Purvis Aisle, Kelso Abbey, and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the inscriptions on 199 stones lost in 1979 when the surrounding wall was removed from the churchyard and new paths were laid allowing direct access from the Knowes car park to the town centre. We’ve also included the inscriptions on the Kelso War Memorial, the war memorials in St Andrew’s Church, St Mary’s Church, and Kelso High School. It includes a list of ministers, the landowners and tenants on the Hearth Tax assessment in the parish of Kelso in 1690, the men on the Militia list from 1797 to 1801, a plan of Kelso dated 1854, a plan of the churchyard and an index to the surnames included in the inscriptions. Additionally, there’s a list of funerals and dates in Kelso 1798 to 1813. This is particularly useful because many of Kelso’s inhabitants were buried without a marker, visitors to the parish were sometimes buried without their name being known. Several regiments were stationed in the town, together with French Prisoners of War and their burials are recorded here.  460
CD Image or book coverKirkhopeSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones and the war memorial. Also contains Kirkhope School register 1876—1880, Kirkhope teachers list 1873 onwards, and some notes from Kirkhope School Board and log book. No Hearth Tax list or list of ministers. Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarians.  225
CD Image or book coverLauderBerwickshire8.50200Review  956
CD Image or book coverLongformacus CDBerwickshire7.5070Includes Old churchyard and new burial ground with photographs of all stones. Includes Hearth Tax, Militia List, Roll of Honour. Also School Admission Log from 1873 to 1913.  221
CD Image or book coverMakerstounRoxburghshire5.00110Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 127 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. Includes a note on Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae. There is an index to the surnames.  127
CD Image or book coverMaxtonRoxburghshire5.00120 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 145 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  145
CD Image or book coverMelrose - Weirhill and High Cross Cemeteries CDRoxburghshire10.0070Has hearth tax and militia list and war memorial inscriptions. No list of ministers.  718
CD Image or book coverMelrose Abbey - BookRoxburghshire12.75285Book Version. Ring bound. A4. Card covers. Includes Militia List and Hearth Tax list. No War Memorial inscriptions. No list of ministers. Includes photographs of gravestones on CD affixed to back cover.  564
CD Image or book coverMelrose Abbey - CDRoxburghshire10.0070CD Version. Includes Militia List and Hearth Tax list. No War Memorial inscriptions. No list of ministers. Includes photographs of gravestones.  564
CD Image or book coverMertounBerwickshire5.00100 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 223 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  223
CD Image or book coverMinto CDRoxburghshire7.0070Also includes indexes of place names and occupations, and colour photographs of all gravestones. See blog about Minto257
CD Image or book coverMorebattle CDRoxburghshire10.00703rd edition revised. Includes stones in new extension and photographs of all stones. Now with photographs of the site of Mow church and Mowhaugh Public School admission log 1873 - 1918  451
CD Image or book coverOxnam CDRoxburghshire6.00702nd edition. Now has an extra 156 gravestones.
Includes photographs of all the gravestones.
No Militia List.
See part of the content
420
CD Image or book coverPolwarthBerwickshire5.00100Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, and Poll Tax 1695; as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 177 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  177
CD Image or book coverRoxburghRoxburghshire6.00130 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 411 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  411
CD Image or book coverSelkirk Auld Kirkyard CDSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones and the war memorial. Has brief maternal family tree of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a list of migrants 1850-1865, and lair plans and owners. No Hearth Tax list, list of ministers, or militia list.
Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarian Society. 
460
CD Image or book coverSelkirk Brierylaw Cemetery CDSelkirkshire10.0070No Hearth Tax list, or list of ministers. Includes 13 stones around St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarian Society.  
1054
CD Image or book coverSelkirk Shawfield Cemetery CDSelkirkshire10.0070Photos and plans of cemetery sections. No hearth tax list, list of ministers, militia list, war memorial inscriptions or surname index.
Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarian Society.  
1373
CD Image or book coverSmailholm CDRoxburghshire10.00702nd edition revised. Includes new burial ground and photographs of all stones. Includes 1814 plan of churchyard. Also Smailholm Public School Admission Log 1884-1915  237
CD Image or book coverSprouston & LempitlawRoxburghshire5.00140 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 472 gravestones in Sprouston and Lempitlaw churchyards and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  472
CD Image or book coverSt. Boswells (Lessudden)Roxburghshire7.00140 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 676 gravestones in the cemetery and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  676
CD Image or book coverStowSelkirkshire10.0070Contains photos of all the gravestones as well as photos of the churches and graveyards. Also contains Parishioners of Stow 3 Feb 1530, Poll Tax 1694, Population of Stow 1801, List of the Heads of the different families who had and have, Burial Places in Stow Churchyard in 1850. There are indexes to the surnames in the 1694 Poll Tax, 1801 Population, Militia List, Monumental Inscriptions and Memorials.   671
CD Image or book coverTraquair and Kailzie CDPeeblesshire10.0070Contains photos of all the gravestones as well as photos of the churches and graveyards. Also has Traquair School Records - Admissions from 1872 to 1886.   297
CD Image or book coverYarrowSelkirkshire10.0070Includes inline colour photos of all the gravestones and the war memorial. Militia List, Also School admissions 1874. No Hearth Tax list. Place Name index. Transcribed by Selkirkshire Antiquarians.   439
CD Image or book coverYetholmRoxburghshire5.00140 Contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the monumental inscriptions/gravestone inscriptions from the 581 gravestones in the churchyard and the war memorial. There is an index to the surnames.  581

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Examples of Gravestone (Tombstone) Inscriptions
There's a lot of variability in the length of gravestone or tombstone inscriptions, and the information they contain. The examples here are both from the Ayton volume, a small one, and a large one. The small inscription is more typical of the general size, but there are many larger inscriptions, as well as a few stones that have no or illegible inscriptions.

Stone 536
Sacred to the memory of ISABELLA BEGBIE the most excellent wife of
ALEXANDER WRIGHT late farmer of Prenderguest died 19.1.1840. Also
ALEXANDER WRIGHT age 81 years died at Corsbie 7.12.1850.

Stone 537
Sacred to the memory of STUART EDINGTON grocer died 30.3.1865 aged
72 years. Also SARAH SMITH his wife died 7.2.1870 aged 87. Also MARY
ANN their daughter died 25.9.1836 age 16. Also WILLIAM STEPHEN their
eldest son engineer was lost a sea 21.11.1866 aged 37 years. JANET
daughter of the said WILLIAM who died 20.2.1880 aged 22. Also LUCY
their daughter died 2.10.1885 aged 67. AGNES GRAY wife of STUART
EDINGTON Jr died 11.11.1878 aged 39 years. Died 4.1.1888 AGNES
EDINGTON age 63 years. Also the above STUART EDINGTON Jr died
25.2.1899 in his 67th year. And JANE EDINGTON widow of
CHRISTOPHER NEESHAM died 20.5.1899 in her 84th year.
Reverse: Sacred to the memory of STUART EDINGTON for 17 years elder
of the parish church who died 30.3.1865 aged 72 years. Also SARAH
SMITH his wife who died 7.2.1870 aged 87 years. Also their daughter MAY
ANN EDINGTON died 25.9.1831 aged 18 years and is interred in Chirnside
Church Yard. Also their eldest son WILLIAM STEPHEN EDINGTON aged
37 years who was lost at sea 21.11.1838 on their voyage to Bombay in the
Neabudy which he was chief engineer. Also of the above WILLIAM died
20.2.1880 aged 29 years.
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