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Roxburghshire map

Lilliesleaf Parish is situated in the north east of the County of Roxburgh being bounded on the north by the Parish of Bowden, on the east by the Parish of Ancrum, on the south by the Parishes of Minto and Wilton and on the west by the Parishes of Ashkirk and Selkirk. Lilliesleaf, along with Ancrum, Crailing and Eckford, is now part of the Ale & Teviot United parish.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1753 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1817 to 1854.

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  • 1841 census Lilliesleaf.
  • 1851 census Lilliesleaf.
  • 1861 census Lilliesleaf.

Gravestone inscriptions in Lilliesleaf Churchyard have been transcribed but not yet published.

Lilliesleaf Parish Church Lilliesleaf Parish Church

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Magazine Articles

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Station Master of BelsesHow history turned up in a sack of rubbish and someone brought it back to life.1 page or more 15Jed Squirrel 
Voices from Lilliesleaf by Ian McDougallReview of a book ' Voices from Lilliesleaf' by Ian MacDougall.1 page or more 90 
Old LillieslaefReminiscences and photographs of life in Lilliesleaf.1 page or more 92Esther Davies 
A Tour through the BordersA poem submitted by the author with other records relating to Lilliesleaf.1 page or more 94Esther Davis 
Border - Line Experiences Of a Canadian ResearcherThe Ainslie born in Lilliesleaf and how a trip from Canada to research the family ended in a book.2 pages or more 10Robert L. Morden 
Ainslies of Dolphinston to Manitoulin IslandExcellent article on the author's Ainslie forebears from Ancrum and Lilliesleaf to their arrival and life in Canada.4 pages or more 20Robert L P Morden 
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 

Map of Lilliesleaf from UK Great Britain, Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile (1:63,360), 'Hills' edition, 1885-1903
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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Map of Lilliesleaf from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
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

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Lilliesleaf Parish Church (Ref - CH2/241


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
The Village School
RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Lilliesleaf, Linthill, Hillhead, Bewliehill, Bewlie, Greenhouse, Wellrig, Raperlaw, Netheraw, Childknowe, Craggs, Chapel, Riddell, Newhouse, Dunstone Height, Hermiston, Bewlie Muir, Cotfield, Harelaw,Catshawhill, Firth, Easter Middles, Wester Middles, Loan, Riddell Mill, Boose Mill, Greatlaws, Clarklands, Nag House, Ridde Shiel, West Riddel, Friershaw, New Jerusalem.

1851 census: Lilliesleaf, Easter Lilliesleaf, Hillhead, Netheraw, Raplaw, Wallrig, Greenhouse, Bewlie Mains, Bewlie, Bewliehill, Chapel, Linthill, Dunstonheight, Hermiston, Satchills, Chapel Moor, Cotfield, Harlaw, Catshawhill, Firth, Middles, Loan, Easter Middles, Dunston, Riddell Mill, Newhouse, Riddell, Boosemill, Greatlaws, Clarklands, West Riddell, Fairshaw.

1861 census: Lilliesleaf, Easter Lilliesleaf, Linthill, Bewliehill, Sparrowhall, Bewlie, Bewlie Mains, Hillhead, Craggs, Childknowe, Netheraw, Raerlaw, Wellrig, Greenhouse, Newhouse, Dunstonheigh, Hermiston, Satchells, Chaple Muir, Bewlie Muir, Cotfield, Harlaw, Cashawhill, Firth, Wester Middles, Easter Middles, Fairshaw, West Riddell, Clerklands, Greatlaws, Boosmill, Dunston.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map