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Chirnside

Berwickshire map

Chirnside is situated in eastern Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the Parish of Coldingham, on the east by the Parishes of Ayton and Foulden, on the south by the Parish of Hutton and on the west by the Parishes of Edrom and Bunkle & Preston.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1660 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1660 to 1853.
  • Deaths: 1784 to 1815.
Chirnside Parish Church Chirnside Parish Church

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Only pre 1855 memorial records have been transcribed (see below).

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Magazine Articles;

Please note that the heading Author includes persons who have compiled or transcribed records; and that the topics indexed, and the synopses are subjective opinions.
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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Cockburns face to faceCockburns and there likeness seems to have been the great asset of this family. From 1650 onwards this family have a interesting history.2 pages or more 10Anne Cockburn 
The Ayton Bard Robert Mennon 1797-1885This is a two part article abridged from the book of the title written by A. Michael Mennim. A copy of the complete book together with maps, photgraphs and poems is in Scottish Borders Council Library Headquartors with a family tree4 pages or more 15Michael Mennon 
Dr George Henderson of Chirnside (1800 - 1864)Part 1 of an account of George Henderson of Chirnside, a medical doctor, who also found time for his interests in local history and customs, botany and poetry.12 pages or more 62 
Letters of Slains 1569--A family puzzleAn intriguing tale of death and complaint in 1569.2 pages or more 12Jean Smithers 
Border MurdersThis is a stroll around the Borders looking into, with some depth, the murders in the 1800s.2 pages or more 32Norrie Mcleish 
The Breadford Family SearchA tale of family that moved from Northumberland to Berwickshire. All were farm servants some labourers some farm stewards. There are irregular marriages, name changes and a possible pioneering birth using chloroform.6 pages or more 72Bill Bradford 
Life in Melrose--150 years agoThis is the account of family life in Melrose in the first half of last century, from an autobiography of Catherine Helen Spence.3 pages or more 11Colin Wood 



Map of Chirnside from Quarter-inch to the mile, Scotland, 1921-1923 or One-inch to the mile, Popular edition, Scotland, 1920-1930
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Use the control at the top left of the map to zoom in or out and drag the map left, right, up, or down as you wish.

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Chirnside Parish Church

Chirnside Associate Presbyterian Church

Chirnside Reformed, later Free and United West Free Church (Ref - CH3/336).

Maps

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club.

Websites

Village Website - contains a history of the Parish.
Chirnside History Group
The RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Chirnside, Nursery, Whitehill, Nethermains, Pearbank, Edington Mill, Edington Mains, Blackburn, Causeway Bank, Wheatacres, Oldcastles, Harelaw, Oxward, Easter Harelaw, Easter Crowbutt, Mains, Wester Crowbutt, Ninewells Mains, Rock House, Kirkgate, Ninewells, Broadhaugh.

1851 census: Chirnside, Whitehall, Broadhaugh, Ninewells, Rock-House, Oldcastles, Causewaybank, Wheatacres, Blackburn, Harelaw, Maines, Crowbutt, Oxward, Eding Hill, Edington, Nethermains, Pearbank.

1861 census: Chirnside, Ninewells, Oldcastles, Causeway Bank, Blackburn, Edington Toll, Edington Hill, Edington, Harelaw, Crowbutt, East Harelaw, Mains, Oxward, Nether Mains, Whitehall, Broadhaugh, Ninewells, Rock House.

Population

The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map