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Old Posts Flodden 1513
2013 was the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden.

The commemoration was marked by a series of events and eco-museums in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

If you have any ancestral connections with the armies or perhaps, your house or village was on the route taken by the armies, or there is a memorial or commemoration ceremony that you know of, please add your story to this forum.
6 17 01 November 2016
by: nigelh
Old Posts People and Ancestry
Questions and comments about people, their ancestors, descendants, and other family.

You must not post any copyrighted material that is not owned by yourself.

We don't want people posting monumental/gravestone inscriptions, because this would usurp our copyright, we would sell fewer MI volumes, and our teams would stop their recording and transcription efforts.

In your use of these forums, you must not post any information which is vulgar, harassing, hateful, threatening, invading of others' privacy, sexually oriented, or violates any laws.

Failure to abide by the rules and policies stated in this agreement, may result in your forum membership being suspended and/or your topic or reply deleted.

Please don't post the same topic or reply to a topic in more than one forum. Most people read all the forums and it's annoying to waste time reading the reply or topic again. We'll remove duplicated topics and replies. Please keep replies pertinent to the topic.

We suggest that you don't put your email address in its normal form in any topic or reply, because it is likely that it will be collected by any of the Spam 'email address collecting' robots that wander the Web.
Instead, if you have enabled email in your profile, members can click on a topic's author, or last person to post, and send them an email.

Where space permits, and we have the resources to do so, we will try to feature some unanswered questions in our magazine.
412 1153 23 January 2017
by: kentishlass
Old Posts Places
Questions and comments about localities, addresses, farms, and estates.
125 453 12 January 2017
by: slowdave
Old Posts Records and Other Artefacts
Questions and comments about records, apprentice registers, indentures, archives, directories, bibles, books (with or without inscriptions), historical objects relating to Borders family history.

Questions about censuses should go in the People and Ancestry forum.
51 156 12 December 2014
by: Forum-Master
Old Posts Scottish Borders History Forum
This forum is for groups, charities, charitable associations, social enterprises and commercial organisations whose main activity is an aspect of the history of the Scottish Borders.

If you want your organisation listed here, you'll need to register and advise me of your username and organisation name and provide the initial text of your 'advert' in the forum on our Contacts page selecting 'Contact the Webmaster'.
1 1 30 August 2013
by: Forum-Master
Old Posts Scottish, Local, and Social History
Questions and comments about Scottish history, local Borders history, and social history.
26 79 28 February 2014
by: Mary
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Old Posts Frequently Asked Questions about Membership
FAQ about membership of the Society.
2 2 06 April 2012
by: Forum-Master
Old Posts Frequently Asked Questions about Research
FAQ about research.
1 1 21 September 2007
by: Balderstone
Old Posts Frequently Asked Questions about Sales
FAQ about sales of publications, research requests and other items, including the ordering process.

For terms and conditions of sales and returns, please see of Sale for Publications .
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Forum Locked Frequently Asked Questions about the Website
As a non-member how do I get family trees ?

FAQ about the website and its functionality.

I can't remember my Forum password

I've lost my Interests Password

My Interests Password doesn't work

No one answered my message on the Contacts page

How do I submit a query ?
6 6 31 October 2009
by: Forum-Master
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Old Posts Borders Family History Society Sales
We're clearing out our cupboards because we've run out of room for our library.

For some years we've been using other organisations' empty cupboards but they now want the space.

A while back, we had a generous donation of family history resources from someone who was moving into a smaller house, and there were some that we already had.

Some of the magazines produced by other family history societies are thus surplus to our needs, and so we're making them available to you at what we think is a reasonable price.

In every case, there is only one 'bundle' of the magazines for each society, so if you're interested, you need to get in quick.

We think these offers will be of interest to booksellers too.

If you're interested, contact our Sales Convenor, Ronald Morrison, as fast as you can by sending him a message on our contacts page using the contact type Order for Publications specifying your address. He'll reply quickly.

Prices quoted exclude postage as this depends on your location. If you're near us you could pick the bundle up at Old Gala House or at one of our meetings if you give Ronald sufficient notice.

5 5 03 February 2010
by: Forum-Master
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Old Posts General Notice
The October 2015 magazine was distributed on or before 15th October 2015.

If you haven't received your magazine within a reasonable time, please let us know on the Contacts page as soon as possible, selecting the 'Magazine Non-Arrival' contact type, and specifying your full name, email address and postal address.
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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
by: Forum-Master
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
by: Forum-Master
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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