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Lyne & Megget (St Mary's)

Peeblesshire map

Lyne is a small parish in the County of Peebles lying just to the west of the county town. It is bounded on the north by Eddleston with Peebles to the east, Stobo to the south and Newlands on the west. Lyne Water runs through the parish and the main settlement is around the disused station on the former Caledonian Railway line to Peebles. The church is about a mile away on a slight rise to the north of the A72. There are the remains of a Roman Fort near Lyne Water. Megget is united with Lyne, although they have no common border. They now form part of the combined parish of Lyne & Manor although yet again the two parishes don't share a boundary.

Megget is located on the southern edge of Peeblesshire on the border with Selkirkshire and Dumfriesshire. There is no longer a church but the ruins of St Mary's Kirkyard can be seen near the western end of St Mary's Loch.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1649-1854 (Mothers' names are rarely recorded until 1788)
  • Marriages: 1649-1854
  • Deaths: 1840-1854
Lyne Parish Church Lyne Parish Church

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Map of Broughton,glenholm,kilbucho 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.
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20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in Lyne Churchyard in the Lyne, Megget & Manor monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SMITH (9), GRAY (8), TAGGART (7), VEITCH (6), STEWART (5), WHITE (5), CAMPBELL (4), ANDERSON (3), BRODIE (3), HUNTER (3), PORTIOUS (3), TOD (3), BROWN (2), GILCHRIST (2), JEFFREY (2), JOHNSTON (2), KERR (2), PATERSON (2), WALES (2), WALKINSHAW (2).

Other Sources

The National Archives of Scotland

Lyne kirk session records (Ref - CH2/255)

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles



Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Cappercleugh, Craggierig, Cramilt, Glengaber, Hallyne, Hamildean, Henderland, Lyne, Meggatknowes, Megget, Meldon Burn, Scirt, Shielhope, Town Head, Winterhopeburn.

1851 census: Cappercleugh, Craigieriggs, Cramalt, Hallyne, Hamildean, Henderland,Lyne, Megget, Meggethead, Meldon, Shielhope, Syart, Townhead, Winterhopeburn.

1861 census: Cappercleugh, Craigierig, Cramilt, Hallyne, Hamildean, Henderland,Lyne, Megget, Meggetknowes, Meldon, Shielhope, Syart, Townhead, Winterhopeburn.


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

Peeblesshire Map