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Roxburghshire map Bowden Parish Church Bowden Parish Church

Bowden is situated in the north east of the County of Roxburgh being bounded on the north by the Parish of Melrose, on the east by the Parishes of St. Boswells, on the south by the Parish of Lilliesleaf and on the west by the Parishes of Selkirk and Galashiels in Selkirkshire. Bowden and Melrose have now been combined as a single parish.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Marriages: 1697 to 1807, 1822 to 1846.
  • Deaths: 1697 to 1803.

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  • 1841 census Bowden.
  • 1851 census Bowden.
  • 1861 census Bowden.
  • Bowden Mortcloth Records by Nigel Hardie
  • CD-ROM Bowden Memorial Inscriptions Vol. 22 Roxburghshire transcribed by Rosemary Morrison - includes:
    • List of Ministers
    • Hearth tax
    • Militia list
    • War Memorial transcription
    • Bowden School Records 1864 to 1873)

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Magazine Articles;

Please note that the heading Author includes persons who have compiled or transcribed records; and that the topics indexed, and the synopses are subjective opinions.
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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Bowden School RecordsBowden School admission records from 1872. Also lists their parent or guardian.2 pages or more 25 
CD Review - Bowden Monumental InscriptionsReview of the content of this publication, and suggestions of other useful publications.1 page or more 67Norrie McLeish 
McKenzie's around the River AleAn account of McKenzies in and around the Borders.4 pages or more 49W E McKenzie 
The Dimma and Dickson Families of the Borders Region, ScotlandThe Dimma family from Eckford, who they married, and where they settled in Ontario. This is a well researched article into a old Border family.2 pages or more 37Thomas Dimma Minster 

Map of Bowden 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.

20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Bowden monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (36), TURNBULL (14), THOMSON (12), BROWN (11), THORBURN (11), ANDERSON (9), COCHRANE (8), CLARK (7), WALKER (7), RIDDELL (7), SIBBALD (7), SMITH (7), WILSON (7), GRIEVE (7), SPIDEN (7), HALL (6), PRINGLE (6), DALGLEISH (5), STENHOUSE (5), MURRAY (5).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

The National Archives of Scotland

Bowden Parish Church (Ref - CH2/752)

Bowden Free Church (Ref - CH3/834)

Midlem Original Secession Church (Ref - MR60)

Hawick Archaeological Society


Bowden Village Site
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
A short decription if the parish from the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, 1868
RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Bowden, Chesterhall, Whiterig, Faughhill, Langleefoot, Holydean, Bowden Moor, Clarilaw Moor, Prieston, Muggers Camp, Kippilaw, Langside, Clarilaw, Clarilawburn, Newhall, Newhall Mill, Cavers Carr, Caverse Carr, Midlem Mill, Toftbarns, Linthill, Midlem, Houndshall, Kersknow, Curling, Chesterknows, Shawburn, Millrighall, Midlemburn, Westfield, Eastfield, Newhall Mains.

1851 census: Bowden, East Bank, South Bank, Chesterhall, Faughill, Langlyfit, Bowden Moor, Holydean, Whiterigg, Chester Hall, Chesterhall, Prieston, Old Prieston, Eastfield, Kippelaw Mains, Holydean, Clarilaw Moor, Midlem, Midlem Bar, Newhall Mains, Newhall Mill, Midholm, Clarilaw, Linthill, Midlem Mill, Millridgehall, Riddle Lodge, Shawburn, Newhall, Cavers Carr, Clarilaw Burn.

1861 census: Bowden, Whiterigg, Chesterhall, Faughhill, Langleefoot, Bowden Moor, Holydean, Damhead, Tollhouse, Kippliaw Mains, Kippilaw, Langside, Newhall, Cavers Carre, Carilaw Burn, Carilaw, Linthill, Midlem Mill, Toftbarns, Gate Riddell, Shawburn, Chester Knowes, Millrigghall, Eastfield, Templehall, Midlemburn, Haughnips, Curling, Shawmoor, Ker's Knowe, Hounshall, Prieston, Clarilawmoor.


The population has been recorded as follows;

Roxburghshire map