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Peeblesshire map

Drumelzier stretches across the south of the county of Peebles. It is bordered on the north by the parish of Stobo, to the east by the parish of Manor and by the parish of Yarrow in Selkirkshire, to the south by the parish of Yarrow and the parish of Tweedsmuir and by Lanarkshire to the west and the parish of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho to the north-west. Drumelzier is now one of the linked parishes of Upper Tweeddale.

Tinnis Castle would have dominated the village in the middle ages although it is not as well preserved as the nearby Drumelzier Castle.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1649-1694, 1700-1754 (Mothers' names are not recorded until Dec 1746)
  • Marriages: 1649-1694, 1700-1813
  • Deaths: 1649-1811, 1826-1854
Drumelzier Parish Church Drumelzier Parish Church

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The Society is currently transcribing the Drumelzier Monumental (gravestone) Inscriptions

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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
Peeblesshire Families and ClansThe history of a few Peeblesshire families, Tweedies, Naesmiths, Gledstanes, Veitches, and others. Some very interesting stories come from this chapter.3 pages or more 33Malcolm Archibald 
Gravestone PhotosA note on a facility provided by the Society to photograph individual gravestones, a report on one such request for a photograph of a stone to the Rev Gilmour Neil in Drumelzier and a note on his experiences in World War 1 and how he sought to find ' a little Parish, a thousand miles from anywhere'.1 page or more 81Ronald Morrison 

Map of Drumelzier from UK Great Britain, Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile (1:63,360), 'Hills' edition, 1885-1903
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.

Map of Drumelzier from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
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

Poor Law

The National Archives of Scotland

Drumelzier kirk session records (Ref - CH2/95)

Berwickshire Naturalist' Club has published the following articles;


Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Bellspool, Burnfoot, Dalwick, Drumelzier, Easter Stanhope, Haugh Stable, Hopkarton, Kingledors, Kinledoors Hope, Patervan, Polmood, Warde, Wester Dalwick, Wester Stanhope.

1851 census: 1851 census: Bellspool, Dalwick., Drumelzier, Drumelzier Haugh, Hopkarton, Kingledoor, Petervan, Polmood, Stanhope, Ward, Wester Dalwick.

1861 census: 1861 census: Barn Yard, Bellspool, Drumelzier, Drumelzier Haugh, Hopcarton, Kingledoors, Kingledoors Hope, Patervan, Polmood, Stanhope, Wester Dalwick.


Here are some figures showing the parish's population through time:

Peeblesshire Map