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Galshiels is the second largest town in the Scottish Borders and was once home to a thriving textile industry. The ancient Parish of Galashiels is bounded on the north and east by the Parish of Melrose, on the south by the Parish of Bowden and on the west by the Parishes of Selkirk and Caddonfoot. The history of the church in Galashiels in the 19th and 20th centurues is complex but there are now three ecclesiatical parishes in the town - Galashiels Old & St Pauls, Galashiels St John and Galashiels Trinity which is linked with Caddonfoot.
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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|
|Newspapers published in the Borders||Border newspapers published in the Borders, 65 in total.||2 pages or more||5||Peter Elliot|
|Baillie John Smail of Galashiels||Baillie Smail, born at Clovenfords, was First Baillie in 1867, and was renowned for severe punishment . He died of chronic alcoholism.||1 page or more||36|
|Alexander Turnbull and his Family||If you have any Turnbulls in your family and you think that you came from the Borders, this is a must for you. Turnbulls from Galashiels, Selkirk, and Hawick.||5 pages or more||25||Jane Gibson|
|Parochial Return of the Parish of Galashiels||This is a transcript of a list of Galashiels men willing to serve their country during the Napoleonic times as pioneers, guides, and providing horses, carts, and drivers. This information was obtained from a document lent by Murray Dickson of the Old Gala Club.||1 page or more||47|
|Galashiels through Time||A review of the book 'Galashiels through Time' published by Amberley Press.||1 page or more||91|
|Coercion or Consensus? The Government of a Border Burgh in the Sixteenth century||The burgh of Selkirk, their trades, who controlled them. The baillies sergents and how they came into being. Continued from issue 25.||4 pages or more||26||Peter Symms|
|Know Your Parish - Ladhope||Description of Ladhope (now Galashiels) and historical notes. Includes a drawing of Ladhope Parish Church.||1 page or more||20|
|New Premises - 52 Overhaugh Street||An announcement of the opening of the Society's new premises.||less than 1 page||82|
|Pringles||A letter regarding the Pringles of Overhaugh Street, Galashiels and a Captain George Sharp Pringle, with response and follow-up.||2 pages or more||87||Alexander Watson/ Liz McGregor|
|One of the many Brown Families||A family tree of Browns in Galashiels, Selkirk areas.||1 page or more||26||I.M. Brown|
|The Walter Mason Papers||The Walter Mason Papers. This is a brief description of the collection held by the museum services of Scottish Borders Council.||1 page or more||19||Walter Elliot|
|Premises Report||Report on proposed works to the Society's new premises in Overhaugh Street Galashiels.||2 pages or more||83||Bill Stewart|
|New Collections at the Heritage Hub||County council records, diaries & estate papers were identified amongst the backlog of un-catalogued material at the Scottish Borders Archive.||4 pages or more||69||Juline Baird|
|New Premises||An account of the opening of the Society's new premises at 52 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels.||2 pages or more||86|
|My Namesake||About the Telford family from the Hawick area. He moved around from Langlee, Ancrum. They were buried in Melrose.||less than 1 page||3||Helen (Telford) Reichenbach|
|The Power of the Family History Community||An account of a successful attempt to return war medals belonging to an Andrew Colville born in Galashiels to his family (now in New Zealand).||2 pages or more||90|
|The Cairncross family - an example of a 16th-17th century family of feuars||This is the text of the authors' talk to the Society on 18th September 2005 titled 'Cairncross, a Border Family'. Outline of a typical noted old family in the Lauderdale/Melrose/Galashiels district, with descriptions of some of the local areas and ownership.||12 pages or more||59||Gregory Lauder-Frost|
|Charles Lapworth and the Borders connection||An account of the life of Charles Lapworth, the renowned geologist who although born in Berkshire became a schoolmaster in Galashiels where he married and had a family. He carried out much of his early work on the rocks in the Galashiels area before moving to St Andrews and subsequently obtaining a professorship of Geology at Birmingham University.||3 pages or more||83||Enid Cruickshank|
|Transcribing the Stones||Notes on the publication of the monumental inscriptions at Heatheryett, Galashiels with some notes on the history of Galashiels Parish and the first Church at Lindean burial place of the second wife of John Knox.||2 pages or more||84|
|Torwoodlee Tower||Some history of Torwoodlee Tower, Galashiels and proposals to restore and renovate.||1 page or more||88||James Pringle|
|Band of Brothers||An account of the First World War experiences of the Murdoch family, originally from Perthshire but who settled in Galashiels, their deaths and tragedies and the effect of the families back home.||3 pages or more||88||Trevor Stewart|
|Rev. Robert Douglas, 1747-1820 The father of Galashiels||The Rev. Robert Douglas, minister of Galashiels, 1747-1820, was a man of great ability and served his parishioners so well he was called "The Father of Galashiels".||2 pages or more||37||Donald Whyte|
|Tracing Your Family Tree May Not Always Be Pleasant||Account of research into one specific family. Very detailed - a lot of research.||3 pages or more||42||Margaret C. Lawson|
|Galashiels and some of its families||Talk given to the society by Mr. Ian Miller, President of the Old Gala Club. Gala indeed goes back along way perhaps even to 7000 B.C. It covers the history up to the 19th Century.||3 pages or more||31||Ian Miller|
|Coulter's Candy||Some investigation into the life and background of Robert Coltart, confectionery manufacturer who probably compiled the song 'Coulter's Candy', his connections with Galashiels and the history of the song.||3 pages or more||86||Ronald Morrison|
The 20 most common on gravestones recorded by us in the Galashiels - Eastlands and St Peter's monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (132), BROWN (109), THOMSON (71), WILSON (69), MURRAY (67), DAVIDSON (57), ANDERSON (54), SMITH (53), HENDERSON (53), ROBERTSON (48), SANDERSON (47), TURNBULL (41), BELL (41), DOUGLAS (39), STEWART (38), DICKSON (37), WOOD (37), HALL (35), McLAREN (35), WELSH (35).
The 20 most common on gravestones recorded by us in the Galashiels - Old Ladhope monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): BROWN (29), SANDERSON (21), SCOTT (20), ROBERTS (14), PATERSON (13), HALL (13), MURRAY (12), THOMSON (10), WALKER (9), WILSON (9), DICKSON (9), MARK (8), CAIRNS (8), SIME (8), LAIDLAW (8), CLARK (7), HEWAT (7), HOGARTH (7), MAXWELL (7), ANDERSON (7).
Old Gala Club - contains a detailed history of the Town - also a fine collection of Old Photographs and a Sales List.
Town Web Site.
History of Galashiels.
Old Parish and St. Paul's Church.
Gala Rugby Club
RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of:
1851 census: Galashiels, Huddersfield, Neither Haugh, Damside, Cuddy Green, Clearburn, Overhaugh, Willderburn,, Rosebank, Hemphaugh, Mosilee, Meigle, Caddonfoot, Fairnilee, Kilnknowe, Calfshaw, Rink, Cascade, Mossend, Boleside, Netherbarns, Faldonside, Lindean, Nether Whitlaw, Over Whitlaw, Bridgeheugh.
1861 census: Galashiels, Huddersfield, Mossilee, Hemphaugh, Kilnknowe, Leabrae, Meigle, Fairnielee, Calfshaw, Rink, Mossend, Hollybush, Rink Barn, Waitknow, Netherdale, Netherbarns, Boleside, Lindean, Lindean Mill, Bridgehaugh, Long Moss, Over Whitlaw, Nether Whitlaw, New Faldonside, Old Faldonside.