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Innerleithen Parish is situated in the County of Peebles being bounded on the north by the County of Midlothian and the Parish of Stow, on the east by the Parish of Caddonfoot, on the south by the Parish of and Traquair and on the west by the Parishes of Peebles and Eddleston. Robert Smail's Printing Works is located in Innerleithen High Street. This preserved Victorian business includes a significant archive of business and private papers, including the records of a shipping agency run by RC Smail at the beginning of the 20th century. The town war memorial is the gardens in front of the former Burgh Chambers.

Historically the neighbouring village of Walkerburn was part of the parish of Innerleithen but a separate parish was established in the late 19th century. In 2000 both parishes became part of the Parish of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn. Walkerburn has its own war memorial alongside the A72.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1643-1681, 1706-1819 (Mothers' names are not recorded until 1761)
  • Marriages: 1642-1693, 1706-1819, 1820-1854
  • Deaths: 1706-1763, 1824-1854 (Mortcloth Dues recorded until 1763)
Church of Scotland, Innerleithen (formerly the Parish Church) Innerleithen Parish Church

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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
Innerleithen Poll Tax Roll, 1694An Innerleithen Poll Tax Roll, 1694; transcribed by John Ballantyne. Lots of people, their occupations, the rent values of their lands, and poll taxes due. A very useful and interesting document.7 pages or more 43John Ballantyne 
Archives at Robert Smailís Printing WorksA brief history of the famous Robert Smailís Printing Works at Innerleithen which was started in 1866, and about their wonderful archives.2 pages or more 67David Rudram 
Innerleithen ShopsSome background information on the CD, 'Innerleithen Shops', compiled by Bobby Richardson and published by the Society.1 page or more 86Ronald Morrison 
Innerleithen ShopsInformation on the CD published by the Society on 'Innerleithen Shops' compiled by Bobby Richardson.1 page or more 87 
Historic and Photographic Glimpses of Old InnerleithenPromotion of the book, 'Historic and Photographic Glimpses of Old Innerleithen', by Bobby Richardson published by the Society.less than 1 page 88 
Glimpses of Old Innerleithen and TraquairNotes on the book, ' Glimpses of Old Innerleithen and Traquair', published by Innerleithen Civic Association in 1989, a copy of which has been acquired for the Society archives.less than 1 page 97 
Life at Pirn House InnerleithenReview of a book Life at Pirn House, Innerleithen by Alexander Grant Ferguson recalling life in the house in the early years of the 20th Century.less than 1 page 92Marianne Morrison 
Glen House, InnerleithenAn account of the recording an indexing estate records by Society members and a short history on the house.1 page or more 81 
Family History RecordsAn archivist from the Heritage Hub in Hawick discusses a range of records that can be used to provide a fuller picture of our ancestors.5 pages or more 70Juline Baird 
An Unexpected HomecomingAn Englishman migrated to the Borders when Riddell House changed hands. He married a local lass with links to Innerleithen.2 pages or more 71David Rudram 
The Gatekeeper House, The Glen InnerleithenAn account of the genealogy of the Hume family who resided at The Gatekeeper House, The Glen, Innerleithen.1 page or more 79 
Chrissie Aitken's StoryThe story of Chrissie, a survivor from the sinking of the SS Lusitania in 1914.2 pages or more 94Oliver Russell 
Innerleithen's All-BlackAn account by the author of how researching her Dickson line from Innerleithen, she traced an unknown descendant who had emigrated to New Zealand and played rugby for the 'All Blacks'.1 page or more 84Esther Davies 

Map of Innerleithen 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 Innerleithen monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): LAING (151), SCOTT (52), TAIT (36), WILSON (36), SMITH (31), BALLANTYNE (28), THOMSON (27), ANDERSON (27), MATTHEWS (24), BROWN (22), ROBERTSON (20), SANDERSON (17), EUMAN (17), TURNER (17), RUSSELL (16), STEWART (16), DAVIDSON (15), TURNBULL (15), DOUGLAS (15), CURRIE (15).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

Special Districts

The National Archives of Scotland

Innerleithen kirk session records (Ref-CH2/974)

Innerleithen Free Church (Ref-CH3/937)

History - some parish members formed a Free Church congregation, and a minister was settled in 1844. Membership: 1848, 120; 1900, 191.

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club articles


Town Website
St Ronan's Wells

Place and Farm names in census records

1841 Census: Innerleithen, Pirn, Purveshill, Caberston, Glenormiston, Netherhorsburgh, Over Horsburgh, Huthope, Craighope, Williamslee, Leithen, Whitehope, Glentress, Blackhopebyre, Colquhair, Huthope, Lee, Common, Holilee, Priesthope, Seathope, Thornylee.

1851 census: Innerleithen, Wilson's Woolen Mill, Pirn House, Lee, Hulhope, Leithen Lodge, Williamlee, Craighope, Huthope, Glentress, Blackupbyre, Whitehope, Colquare, Common, Horsburgh, Nether Horsburgh, Glenormiston, Gethopeknowe, Caberston, Kirna, Thornylee, Holilee, Seathope,Priesthope

1861 census: Innerleithen, Damside, Hillhouses, Willow Bank, Kirsheugh, Old Mill, Strand, Greenhead, Leithen Bank, Kirklands, Morning Side, Leithen Side, Gatehope Knowe, Old Caberstone, Sunybrae, Walkerburn, Tweed Vale, Caberstone, Pink Bank, Tweed Vale, Cherna Cottage, Nether Pirn Pirn, Hope Villa, Tweed Bank, Curly Bank, Velvethall, Glenormiston, Woodend, Dirtpot, Netherhorsburgh, Wilson's Mill, Common, Colquar, Leithen Lodge, Woolanslee, Craighope, Hurthope, Whitehope, Glentress, Blackhopebyres, Lee, Grains, Priesthope, Siithope, Holylee, Thornilee, Trimaley Knowe.


The population has been recorded as follows

Peeblesshire map