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Jedburgh

Roxburghshire map

The old market town of Jedburgh is in south central Roxburghshire and is the first town that travelers encounter as they come into Scotland. The Augustinian Abbey - one of the four Border Abbeys - is a prominent presence in the town. The surrounding parishes are: Ancrum to the north, Crailing on the north-east, Oxnam on the east, Edgerston to the south, Southdean & Abbotrule to the south-west and Hobkirk and Bedrule on the west.

The modern parish of Jedburgh also includes Edgerston.

During a vist to Jedburgh in 1566, Mary, Queen of Scots visted James, Earl of Bothwell who was lying seriously wounded in Hermitage Castle. She was nursed in Mary, Queen of Scots House after this adventure. In 1823 a new gaol was built on the site of the medeival castle. Built in 1820 it is the only remaining example left in Scotland of a Howard Reform prison and is now a museum.

One of Hutton's Unconformities can be found at Inchbonny to the south of Jedburgh.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1634 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1629 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1652 (one entry)and 1758 to 1854.
Jedburgh Parish Church Jedburgh Parish Church

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Gravestone inscriptions at Jedburgh Abbey have been transcribed but not yet published.

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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
William Lorrain-Borders SchoolmasterDuring the last war attics were cleared of paper and, from an attic in Jedburgh there appeared a collection of papers concerning the Rector of Jedburgh Grammar School, William Lorrain.less than 1 page 27Audrey Mitchell 
Records of a Noble Life - Rev Archibald William Murray 1811 to 1892Born in Jedburgh, he was a missionary to Samoa and New Guinea, afterwards living in Australia till his death.3 pages or more 58Ronald Morrison 
Jedburgh Place NamesNotes on a book 'Jedburgh Place Names' put together by Society member Norrie McLeish from articles written by George Watson.less than 1 page 81 
Australian deaths recorded in Hawick Advertiser part 2 1874-1890Deaths in the Hawick Advertiser, it also covers other parts of the Borders.4 pages or more 37Marjorie Gavin 
MapsBrief notes about Borders maps available from the Society, and on the Internet.1 page or more 43Peter Munro 
Totties in SwedenNote about Thomas Tottie, from Jedburgh, born in 1664, a tobacco manufacturer, extracted from Th. A. Fischer’s The Scots in Sweden (Edinburgh, 1907).less than 1 page 60 
Death of Mr Alexander Jeffrey, SolicitorObituary that originally appeared in the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier in 1874. Alexander Jeffrey was a well-known Jedburgh antiquarian and historian.2 pages or more 62 
Jedburgh Border Games, 1919Cannon-fire at 6am signalled the start of the Games. Has notes of winners of various events.1 page or more 63John Murray 
Old Emigrant’s DiariesExtract from diary of Margaret Charteris, wife of Thomas Hinshelwood, emigrant from Jedburgh, ship ‘Nebo’, to Queensland, in 1883.4 pages or more 40Jane Gibson 
Border MurdersThis is a stroll around the Borders looking into, with some depth, the murders in the 1800s.2 pages or more 32Norrie Mcleish 
The Parish of LanglandsThe parish of Langlands and the history of old leper hospital at Rutherford. Also the history of Langton that was absorbed into Wilton.3 pages or more 35Michael Langlands 
Rev. Robert Douglas, 1747-1820 The father of GalashielsThe 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 37Donald Whyte 
From the Scottish Borders to South AustraliaAn account of the lives of William Oliver his wife Elizabeth Turnbull who were married at Jedburgh in1833 who emigrated to South Australia, their family and subsequent life, Contains much genealogy and notes on the Oliver DNA project.5 pages or more 78Ruth Oliver 
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 ancestors5 pages or more 70Juline Baird 
The Chisholms: Highland Names in the Borders?This is not just about the Chisholms, it delves into place names in the Borders, why they changed their names and the Highland connections.4 pages or more 28Michael Robson 
Newspapers published in the BordersBorder newspapers published in the Borders. 65 in total.2 pages or more 5Peter Elliot 
James Veitch - Border AstronomerShot extract of a talk given by Mr. Bill Veitch to the Society on the 15th of May 1994.less than 1 page 26Bill Veitch 
James Watson (Author and Historian of Jedburgh Abbey)Account of the life of James Watson, weaver, grocer, poet and writer of Jedburgh, the author's great grandfather, his descendants, and emigration to USA and Canada.10 pages or more 68Rachel (Thomson) Falldien 
Snowstorm in the CheviotsA young shepherd gets lost in the snow and is frozen to death. There's also a specification for shepherds boots.2 pages or more 69Jean Fleming 
New Collections at the Heritage HubCounty council records, diaries & estate papers were identified amongst the backlog of un-catalogued material at the Scottish Borders Archive.4 pages or more 69Juline Baird 
Convicts Transported to Western Australia in 1858 aboard the 'Edwin Fox'A list of Scottish convicts transported to Australia on the "Edwin Fox". Reprinted from Bedfordshire Family History Society Journal2 pages or more 70Lynn Manning 



Map of Jedburgh 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.

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Census

Jedburgh Parish Church (Ref - CH2/552)

Jedburgh Associate Congregational Church (Ref - CH3/350)

Jedburgh Relief Church (Ref - CH3/351)

Jedburgh Free Church

School Records

Maps

Newspapers

The following Newspapers were published in Jedburgh;

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club

Websites

Jedburgh Official Website.
Jedburgh on-line.
A 19th Century description of the Town Jedforest RFC Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Jedburgh, Castle Gate, Canongate, Backgate, Townfoot, Pleasants, Bongate, Old Bridge End, Stewartfield, Chapmanside, Boundary Park, Boundaries, Kenmuir, Abbey Bridge End, Hindfield, Honeyfield, Inchbonny, Allars, Castle Hill, Glenburnhall, Bankhead, Cringlebank, Crailinghall, Crailighall Mill, Birneyrig, Cragshiel, Samiston, Renniston, Harden Peel, Nether Wells, Over Wells, Pityme, Thickside, Over Wells, Scraesburgh, Fendiehall, Mossburnford, Kersheugh, Farniehirst Mill, Farniehirst, Lochend, Howden, Hunthill, Todlaw, Lanton, Lantonhill, Slatehouse, Hopehouse, Willies Crook, Monklaw, Timpendean, Lightpipehall, Hundalee, Graypeel, Linthaughlee, Blackburn, Linthaugh, Fair's Houses, Deep Cleugh, Longlee, Gilliestongues, Swinnie, Swinnie Bar, Swinnie Moorfoot, Dunion, Larkhall, Glenburnhall, Lantonpark, Broomhall, Lantonhall, Bonjedd, Sharplaw, Ancrum Bridge, Round Haugh, Jerdonfield, Bonjedward, Mountholly, Woodend, Newmill, Bonjed Mill, Walkersknow, Walkmill, Jedfoot, Union Mount, Ulston, Old Hall, Stewartfield, Edgerston, Rink, Rigg, Camphouse, Camptown, Earlsheugh, Old Jeddart, Tifts, Tofts, Brundenlaws, Shielknow, Lamblairknowes, Arks, Huntford Shaw, Broombanks, Hawse.

1851 census: Jedburgh, Townhall, Old Jale, Paradise Vale, Friars, Anna Cottage, Barracks, Pleasants, Bongate,Old Bridge End, Boundaries, Abbey Bridge, Cannongate, Bongate Mill, New Bongate, Jedbank, Bankend, Hindhousefield, Kenmuir, Allars Bank, Kenmuir, Inch Bonny, Allars Mill, Castle Wood, Glenburn, Annfield, Howden, Hunthill, Thickside, Overwells, Netherwells, Cringle Bank, Crailinghall, Samieston, Berneyrig, Rannieston, Hardenpeel, Scraesburgh, Fendyhall, Mossburnford, Kerrsheugh, Ferneyherst, Lightpipehall,, Hundalee, Hundalee Mill, Todlaw, Lighthaughlee, Lighthaugh, Blackburn, Langlee, Gilliestongues, Swinnie, Moorfoot, Larkhall, Glenburnhall, Glenburn Square, Lanton, East Parks, Wet Parks, Lanton Hill, Lanton Craig, Scleted House, Hopehouse, Monklaw, Broomhall, Weaselton, Timpendean, Broomknoll, Lanton Hall, Lanton Mill, Sharplaw Mains, Sharplaw, Check Bar, Jerdonfield, Bonjedward, Townhead, Jedfoot, Mountholy, Walkersknow, New Mill, Woodend, Old Hall, Ulston, Wester Ulston, Esater Ulston, Pettymee, Wildcatgate, Tofts, Brundenlaws, Shielknows, Lamblair Know, Broombanks, Edgerston Rig, Rink, Camptown, Earlsheugh, Old Jeddart.

1861 census: Hunthill, Howden, Royal burgh, The Prison, Lochend, Annfield, Over & Nether Wells, Cringlebank, Crailinghall, Old Hall, Samieston, Birneyrig, Renniston, Pleasants, Hardenpeel, Scraesburgh, Mossburnford, Kersheugh, Ferniehurst, Todlaw, Scaurs, Lightpipe Hall, Hundalee, Linthaugh, Langlee, Gilliestongues, Swinnie, Larkhall, Glenburn, Lanton Village, Tudhope, Monklaw, Timpendean, Old Hall, Hartrigge, Pityme, Ulston, Mounthooly, Roundhaugh Bonejedward, Cleikhimin Toll, Sharplaw, Bongate, Kenmore, Allar Bank, Inchbonny, Union Poorhouse.

Population

The population has been recorded as follows: