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.
CD-ROM Bowden Memorial Inscriptions Vol. 22 Roxburghshire transcribed by Rosemary Morrison - includes:
List of Ministers
War Memorial transcription
Bowden School Records 1864 to 1873)
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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive
Bowden Kirk 1128 to 1978 by J. S. M. McDonald published by Bowden Kirk Session.
Old Melrose, St. Boswells and Bowden by Judy Olsen.
The Protocol Book of Sir. Ninian Brydin 1536-1564 edited by Teresa Maley and Walter Elliot.
1823 Pigot's Directory.
The Churches and Graveyards of Roxburghshire by Dr. G. A. C. Binnie 2001.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.
CD-ROM Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
CD-ROM Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873.
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Bowden School Records
Bowden School admission records from 1872. Also lists their parent or guardian.
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CD Review - Bowden Monumental Inscriptions
Review of the content of this publication, and suggestions of other useful publications.
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McKenzie's around the River Ale
An account of McKenzies in and around the Borders.
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W E McKenzie
The Dimma and Dickson Families of the Borders Region, Scotland
The Dimma family from Eckford, who they married, and where they settled in Ontario. This is a well researched article into a old Border family.
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Thomas 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).
Bowden Kirk by William Cuthbertson - James Thin Edinburgh 1899.
A Short Guide to the Parish Kirk of Bowden by Ian B Smith - Galashiels 1973.