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The parish of West Linton is situated in the north-west of the county of Peebles. Midlothian was located to the north of West Linton although local government reorganisation means that the northern boundary now includes West Lothian & the City of Edinburgh. The parish of Newlands is on the east and Kirkurd to the south. On the west the parish of West Linton borders on Lanarkshire. The village of Carlops which lies on the northern boundary is included in the parish. The village war memorial is in front of the church.
Old Parish Records cover the periods:
Births: 1656-1819, 1820-1855 (Mothers' names not recorded until 1702)
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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive
Pre 1855 Monumental Inscriptions of Peeblesshire by S.A. Scott published by Scottish Genealogical Society 1971.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.
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Map of West_linton 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.
The Buildings of Scotland - Borders, Cruft, Dunbar & Fawcett, Yale University Press, London 2006
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791-99 vol.1 pp.126:
Linton, County of Peebles
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1834-45 vol.3 p.155:
Linton, County of Peebles
Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick
West Linton Evening Continuation School Log Book 1895-1939 - ref: P/ED/2/37
The National Archives of Scotland
West Linton kirk session records (Ref - CH2/1304)
Minutes 1657-1661, 1696-1716, 1721-1728, 1730-1741, 1743-1755, 1767-1807 - with gaps
Register of Testimonials 1709-1716
Collections 1716-1738, 1742
Carlops Free Church
History - In 1846 a preaching station was established in the village and the congregation built a church in February 1851.
The extent of records is unknown.
West Linton Associate Congregation (Ref CH3/307)
History - In 1737 about 70 residents of the parish of West Linton left the Established Church and petitioned the Associate Presbytery for supply of minister, which was granted. They built their church in 1784.