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Old Posts Monumental Inscriptions
Monumental inscriptions, gravestone inscriptions, tombstone inscriptions, headstone inscriptions, are the inscriptions placed on stones or slabs to indicate the person(s) buried in a particular plot or lair.

Look at a sample of the content for the Oxnam volume at

We'll use this forum to tell you about new burial places which have been researched as soon as they are published.

We also want to hear from you about Borders burial places you would like to be researched, you could persuade us to do one in which you're interested sooner, however, please note that resources are limited.

Questions about specific people or which are not related to Monumental Inscriptions will be moved or deleted if there's no suitable forum.

More details on published volumes are at

Recently completed
Abbey St Bathans
Galashiels - Eastlands and St Peter's Episcopal Church
Kelso I (Abbey, Old Churchyard, St Andrew's) - 2nd edition revised
Morebattle - 3rd edition revised
Smailholm - 2nd edition revised

In Progress
Bunkle & Preston
Jedburgh Abbey
Stichill & Hume (revision)

Greenlaw (revision)
Yetholm (revision)

22 29 13 March 2012
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Old Posts Poor Law Records
A team of volunteers are actively engaged in transcribing and indexing digitised Poor Law records for various Borders parishes for the period 1845 to 1933.

The parishes are Bowden, Drumelzier, Eckford, Eddleston, Eyemouth, Kilbucho & Broughton & Glenholm, Hounam, Jedburgh, Kelso, Lilliesleaf, Linton, Makerstoun, Manor, Maxton, Morebattle, Oxnam, Peebles, Skirling, Smailholm, St Boswells, Stichill, Stobo, Traquair, Tweedsmuir, Yetholm.

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 information about the applicants, their families and their life; thus it could help you track down a person's previous or subsequent address if they moved away from their birth parish.

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.

The contents for the Jedburgh Parish volumes comprise:
Index to the Poor Law Records
Images of the Poor Law Records
History of the Parish
History of the Poor Law
Map and Bibliography
Forename and Surname Index
List of Borders Inspectors of the Poor
Duties of Inspectors of the Poor

The contents for the Melrose Parish volumes comprise:
Index to the Poor Law Records
Images of the Poor Law Records
History of the Parish
History of the Poor Law
Map and Bibliography
Forename and Surname Index
List of Borders Inspectors of the Poor
Duties of Inspectors of the Poor
Dingleton Asylum
The Poor Law Diploma Examination

Details included in the index to the Poor Law Records include names, place of birth, age or date of birth, address, other family members, description of disablement, date of death, and there's more information on the images themselves, including occupation, benefit received.

See details of many people between the censuses.
See married women's maiden surnames.
Birth places sometimes differ from the census. We all know that the census birthplace is sometimes wrong, and at last, here's an alternative to searching the rest of Scotland.
Family details often not shown in the census, religion, and disabilities.
Find people who moved away from their birth place.

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.

As we learn more about the Poor Law and the way it worked, I expect that the historical text will be revised.

To search the index see our Research page - Poor Law Records Index at.

Jedburgh Parish (1852-1874)
Jedburgh Parish (1875-1893)
Melrose Parish (1871-1874)
Melrose Parish (1875-1883)
Melrose Parish (1884-1930)

3 3 02 November 2010
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Old Posts Sales List
We'll use this forum to tell you when we've published a new version of our Sales List.

Our latest version is version 21 published on 31st October 2010.

See or download our Sales at for a full list of books, paper documents, CDs, magazines, and maps that we have for sale.

New publications since the previous version of our Sales List appear in blue.

The Sales List also contains diagrams of the parish maps for the counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, and Selkirkshire.
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Old Posts Social History and Local History Publications
It's often difficult to define what is social history and local history, but we're going to include here, new social history and local history works published by the Society.

As examples, our current titles are:
Days of our Youth - Memories of Melrose
For a description, please see the blog.

Dunse Barony Records;

Full of Egotism - being the diary of the Rev John Hastie, reviewed by David Reid at ;

Hall's History of Galashiels - CD, reviewed at ;

Kelso Poor Law - CD, reviewed at ;

Melrose Parish War Memorials, full description at ;

The Kirk Yetholm Gypsies.
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