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Skirling is a small parish on the western edge of the County of Peebles and it is now one of the linked Parishes of Upper Tweeddale. Kirkurd Parish is to the north east and the combined parish of Broughton, Glenholm & Kilbucho is to the east & south. Lanarkshire lies to the west of Skirling.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1683-1854 (Mothers' names are not recorded until 1729)
  • Marriages: 1665-1854)
  • Deaths: 1723-1736, 1750-1794
Skirling Parish Church Skirling Parish Church

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Map of Skirling 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

The National Archives of Scotland

Skirling kirk session records (Ref - CH2/329)

Skirling Free Church Records (Ref - CH3/900)
History - The minister of the parish and most of his congregation left the Established Church at the Disruption. The congregation was well managed and built a church in 1843.


Village Website
A 19th century account of Skirling

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Skirling, Townhead, Crags, Greatlaws, Muirburn, Loanhead, Candyburn, Knockend, Skirling Mill, Waulkmill, Lower Mains, Southmains, Kirklawhill.
1851 census: Skirling, Slaterow, Goretfoot, Townhead, Knockend, Cambwell, Candyburn, Muirburn, Greatlaws, Craigs, Kirklawhill, Southmains., Burnhouse, Nether Mains, Mains, Waulk Mill, Mill, Loanhead.
1861 census: Skirling, Goatfoot, Calmwell, Knockend, Waukmill, Skirling Mains, Lower Mains, Southmains, Kirklawhill, Candyburn, Muirburn, Cothouse, Greatlaws, Craigs, Loanhead.


The population has been recorded as follows;

Peeblesshire Map