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BFHS Publications - Poor Law Records

This shows all our Poor Law Records volumes currently for sale.

The Hawick Heritage Hub has digitised many Poor Law records from the period 1845-1933.
These records are about applications for poor relief made by people who were settled in a Borders parish, but not necessarily living there, and provide unique and interesting information about the applicants, their families and their life.

The records are from 27 parishes in the 4 Scottish Borders counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire:
Bowden, Broughton, Drumelzier, Eckford, Eddleston, Eyemouth, Glenholm, Hounam, Kilbucho, Jedburgh, Kelso, Lilliesleaf, Linton, Makerstoun, Manor, Maxton, Morebattle, Oxnam, Peebles, Skirling, Smailholm, St Boswells, Stichill, Stobo, Traquair, Tweedsmuir, Yetholm.
In addition, the Hobkirk parish Minute Book is also being transcribed and indexed.

Similarly, they'll also be of interest to people whose ancestors were not born in the Borders but may have lived or died in the Borders.

Each volume contains and sometimes other information.

Details included in the Index to the Poor Law Records comprise forenames and surnames, place of birth, date of birth or age, date of application or date admitted to the the Poor Roll, residential address - sometimes just the village or town, description of disablement, date of death, and there's more information on the images.The images are of handwritten records, and some of the inspectors had very poor handwriting. We hope that we have transcribed names, places, and words correctly, nevertheless, it is possible that mistakes have been made, or that there are differences of opinion identifying names and words.


Most of all, you get the chance to put some flesh on the bones of those who up till now have just been names and dates.
We have an interactive map showing the residential locations of poor relief applicants and recipients. There's more information and a link to the interactive map on our introductory blog about the Visualising Urban Geography Launch Event.

Examples of Index and Records.


Although it's not in this series, there's also Kelso Poor Law and Ragged School Records which is both very useful and interesting.

Search the Poor Law Records Index


Please send your orders to: Borders Family History Society, Whitberry, Todlaw Road, Duns, TD11 3EW, Scotland.
Please read our Terms of Sale for Publications, and Terms of Sale for Poor Law Records CDs 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, Ronald, 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.


CD ImageVolumeCounty Price (£) Weight (g) Notes No of People
Jedburgh Parish (1852-1874) CD ImageJedburgh Parish (1852-1874)Roxburghshire12.0070Contains a discussion of the historical context of Jedburgh parish, English and Scottish Poor Law history, how it worked, using the Poor Law records, duties of inspectors of the poor, 17 Jedburgh Poor Law cases visited on 20th January 1844, Jedburgh Poorhouse Accounts for 1885, Workhouse Reform 1868, a plan of the town and environs of Jedburgh by John Wood in 1823, and the index to the Poor Law Records images contained on the CD, illustrations in the text, and digital images of the records transcribed, most of which have additional information. Over 1000
Jedburgh Parish (1875-1893) CD ImageJedburgh Parish (1875-1893)Roxburghshire12.0070Contains a discussion of the historical context of Jedburgh parish, English and Scottish Poor Law history, how it worked, using the Poor Law records, duties of inspectors of the poor, 17 Jedburgh Poor Law cases visited on 20th January 1844, Jedburgh Poorhouse Accounts for 1885, Workhouse Reform 1868, a plan of the town and environs of Jedburgh by John Wood in 1823, and the index to the Poor Law Records images contained on the CD, illustrations in the text, and digital images of the records transcribed, most of which have additional information.895
Melrose Parish (1871-1874) CD ImageMelrose Parish (1871-1874)Roxburghshire12.0070Contains a discussion of the historical context of Melrose parish, English and Scottish Poor Law history, how it worked, using the Poor Law records, Dingleton asylum, duties of inspectors of the poor, a map of Melrose parish and a railway map, and the index to the Poor Law Records images (dates of application between 1871 and 1874) contained on the CD, illustrations in the text, and digital images of the records transcribed, most of which have additional information. Covers over 760 named people.Over 760
Melrose Parish (1875-1883) CD ImageMelrose Parish (1875-1883)Roxburghshire12.0070Contains a discussion of the historical context of Melrose parish, English and Scottish Poor Law history, how it worked, using the Poor Law records, Dingleton asylum, duties of inspectors of the poor, a map of Melrose parish and a railway map, and the index to the Poor Law Records images (dates admitted between 1875 and 1883) contained on the CD, illustrations in the text, and digital images of the records transcribed, most of which have additional information. Covers over 820 named people.Over 820
Melrose Parish (1884-1930) CD ImageMelrose Parish (1884-1930)Roxburghshire12.0070Contains a discussion of the historical context of Melrose parish, English and Scottish Poor Law history, how it worked, using the Poor Law records, Dingleton asylum, duties of inspectors of the poor, legal cases, maps showing Melrose parish before and after the boundary changes of 1889 and a railway map, and the index to the Poor Law Records images (dates of application between 1884 and 1930) contained on the CD, illustrations in the text, and digital images of the records transcribed, most of which have additional information. Covers over 760 named people.Over 760

Postage Table
Use this table to calculate the postage to be paid on your order.
UK and Overseas postage rates changed on 31st March 2014 to the rates shown below.

UK postage rates are complicated, as they depend on size of the package and its weight. For UK orders, use Large Letter rates for 1 item, and Parcel rates for 2 or more items. If we find that we can post more cheaply in a different way, we'll do that, and refund the difference.

Calculate the total weight of your order, and read off the postage cost in the table below, for your locality, postage method, weight and the number of items.

Weight (g)UK -
1st Class -
Large Letter Rate
UK -
2nd Class -
Large Letter Rate
Europe -
(Note 2)
Air Mail
Letters & Small Parcel
World Zone 1
(Note 3)
Air Mail
Letters & Small Parcel
World Zone 2
(Note 4)
Air Mail
Letters & Small Parcel
World -
(Note 5)
Surface Mail
Letters & Small Parcel
0-100£0.93 £0.73£3.20£3.80£4.00£2.80
101-250£1.24 £1.17£3.70£4.75£5.05£3.65
251-500£1.65 £1.48£5.15£7.45£7.90£5.10
501-750£2.38 £2.01£6.60£10.15£10.75£6.55
 Small Parcel
(Note 6)
Small Parcel
(Note 6)
    
0g-1kg£3.20£2.80    
1kg-2kg£5.45£3.80    

Postal Charges Notes
1. World Zone 2 includes Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Oceania.
Europe includes Eire and Russia.
World Zone 1 comprises all other countries.
2. Europe Airmail in excess of 750g will be charged at £1.45 for each additional 250g.
3. World Zone 1 Airmail in excess of 750g will be charged at £2.70 for each additional 250g.
4. World Zone 2 Airmail in excess of 750g will be charged at £2.85 for each additional 250g.
5. Surface mail in excess of 750g will be charged at £1.45 for each additional 250g
6. Maximum weight of 2kg.



Forms of Payment
We accept payment by cheque drawn on a UK bank in £ sterling please, made payable to Borders Family History Society.
Alternatively, you may pay by debit or credit card.
Please provide your full card number, name (as printed on the card), postal address, card type (Discover, Mastercard, Visa), start date, end date, 3 digit security number, issue no (if there is one).
 

Examples of Index and Records
There's a lot of variability in the records that have been digitised depending on the date, local Parochial Board requirements, different ways of working, and changes in working practices.

Part of the index to Jedburgh Register of Poor.jpg
Part of the index to Jedburgh Register of Poor.jpg,

Image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor
Image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor persons admitted on the roll (1854-1864).

Left hand side of image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor
Left hand side of image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor persons admitted on the roll (1854-1864).

Right hand side of image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor
Right hand side of image 28.jpg from the Jedburgh Parish Register of poor persons admitted on the roll (1854-1864).

Right hand side of image 24.jpg from the Jedburgh General Register of Poor (1852-1893)
Right hand side of image 24.jpg from the Jedburgh General Register of Poor (1852-1893).

Digital images of the Poor Law records and paper records can also be viewed at the
Hawick Heritage Hub.

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