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Peebles

Peeblesshire map

The parish of Peebles lies in the eastern half of the county of the same name. Eddleston is on the northern boundary with Innerleithen and Traquair to the east. The southern tip borders onto Selkirkshire parish of Yarrow with Lyne, Stobo and Manor on the wast. The town originated at the pont where Eddleston Water enters the Tweed. John Buchan the author and William Chambers, the publisher and orignator of Chambers dictionary were both born in Peebles. There are now two parishes in Peebles - the Old Parish Church (to which Eddleston is now linked) and St Andrews Leckie

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1622-1659, 1660-1819, 1819-1854 (Mothers' names are rare until 1742)
  • Marriages: 1628-1659, 1660-1820, 1820-1854
  • Deaths: 1628-1659, 1660-1688, 1687-1712, 1742-1847

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  • 1841 Census - Peebles
  • 1851 Census - Peebles
  • 1861 Census - Peebles
  • Death Records - Peebles 1820 - 1829
  • Death Records - Peebles 1830 - 1847
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Peebles Old Parish Church Peebles Parish Church

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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
The Railways of PeeblesInformation on a new publication entitled 'The Railways of Peebles' which traces the competition between two railway companies to open a line to Peebles, the competing lines which were opened and their subsequent history1 page or more 84 
Restoration of Gravestone at Peebles - James SloaneAn account of the restoration of a gravestone in the churchyard at Peebles of James Sloane who was rector of Peebles Grammar School between 1802 and 1843. Also extracts on James Sloane from a book 'Glimpses of Peebles and Forgotten Characters in its History' by Alexander Williamson published in 1895.2 pages or more 84 
Newspapers published in the BordersBorder newspapers published in the Borders. 65 in total.2 pages or more 5Peter Elliot 
MapsBrief notes about Borders maps available from the Society, and on the Internet.1 page or more 43Peter Munro 
Alexander Turnbull and his FamilyIf 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 25Jane Gibson 
Recording the Jardines - A one-name study17 years of research of the Jardine Clan Society. A history of the Clan and the worldwide story of the Jardines.4 pages or more 27Violet Jardine 
Forgotten BorderersJames Grieve and his interesting contribution to the lowly apple.1 page or more 28Jean M. Smith 
Peebles Combination PoorhouseA brief history of poorhouses in general and Peebles Poorhouse in particular. It includes some information about staff and inmates in the late 19th century.5 pages or more 74Janis Miller 
Peeblesshire's First CarAn account of Peeblesshire's first car built by Laurence Bell in a rented shed in Peebles and how from such humble beginnings developed the Scottish Motor Traction Company (SMT).2 pages or more 82Gwen Stein 



Map of Peebles 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

Burgh of Peebles

The National Archives of Scotland

Peebles kirk session records (Ref - CH2/420)

Peebles Free Church (CH3/44 and 396)

In 1843, a group of parish members adhered to the Free Church and with others from surrounding parishes formed a new congregation. They had their own building first in School Brae and then Eastgate.

West Church Relief Presbyterian (CH3/397)

This congregation began in 1827 when several residents of Peebles who were dissatisfied with their minister applied for and obtained supply of sermon from the Relief Presbytery of Edinburgh. They built a church in 1828.

Peebles, St. Joseph's Catholic Church (RH21/81)

A domestic chapel was located at Traquair House from the 17th century, but there are no known registers. In 1850 a congregation was started at Peebles and a church consecrated to St. Joseph.

LDS Family History Library

East Church, Leckie Associate Burgher Presbyterian ( Film Number 1886231)

The church opened in 1791.

Websites

Peebles Information
Peebles Scotland
19th century accounts of Peebles parish and town
Genealogical index to Charters & Documents relating to the Burgh of Peebles, A.D. 1165-1710, W. Chambers Ed, Scottish Burgh Records Society 1872.

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Peebles, Hay Lodge, Biggieknowe, Cross Kirk, Cuddy-Side, Bridgegate, Northgate, Venlaw, Dalatho, Castlehill, Eastgate, Long Closs, Eastgateend, Kerfield, Tweed Green, Firknoll, Glen Craig, Jadderfield, Neidpath, Edston, Lynes Mill, Upper Kidston, Nether Kidston, Kidston Mill, Gills Burn, Standlane, Rosetta, Elliots Park, Venlaw, Swinton Park, Cross Burn, Langside, Temple Bar, Old Mailingland, North Mailingland, Foulage, Winkston, Red Scarhead, Soonhope, Little Ormiston, Kerfield, Wire Bridge, Eshiels Hope, Eshiels, Park, Orchard Park, Bridgend, Kingsmeadows, Scotsmill, White Bridge, Farniehaugh, Whitehaugh, Dog Craig, Whinny Knoll, Hope Bridge, Haystoune, Newby, Newby Hope, Gensax, Bonnington, Crookston, Cademuir, Eddlestone, Loanandale.

1851 census: Peebles, Hay Lodge, Biggiesknowe, Waulk Mill, Cuddyside, Bridgegate, Northgate, East Gate, Cunzienook, Kerfield, Minden, West Port, Castlehill, Tweed Green, Haystone, Tweedside, Kingsmeadows, Whitehaugh, White Bridge, Ferniehaugh, Scots MiIll, Kailzie Bank, Whinnyknow, Haystone, Nuby, Nuby Hope, Bonnington, Crookstone, Caedmuir, Lonandales, Edderstone, Neithpath, Firknowe,Glen Craig, Jedderfield, Edston, Lyns Mill, Goukston, Upper Kidston, Nether Kidston, Chapel Hill, Gill's Burn, Standlaine, Rosetta, Elliots Park, Eshiels Hope, Eshiels, Wire Bridge, Kerfield, Little Ormiston, Soonhope, Shielgreen, Heathpool, Foslage, Mailingsland, Old Mailingsland, Winkston, Scarhead, Templebar, Langside, Swinton Bank, Vainlaw, Cross Burn, Dalatho, Glensax.

1861 census: Peebles, Girdwood, Biggiesknowe, Waulkmill, Virgin Inns, Northgate, Bridge Gate, Cuddy Side, Cuddy Bank, Crosburn, Eastgate, Whinny Knowe, Wood Villas, Larch Villa, Loaningdales, Portbrae, Minden, Kerfield, Green Bank, Tweed Brae, Tweed Bank, Firknowe, Glencraig, Neidpath, Jedderfield, St Joseph's, Elliots Park, Rosetta, Gillsburn, Standlane, Edston, Lynes Mill, Upper Kidston, Kidston Mill, Chapelhill, Eshiels Hope, Eshiels, Wirebridge, Kerfield, Soonhope Mill, Soonhope, Venlawbank, Eastgateend, Summerfield, Smithfield, Venlaw, Shielgreen Heathpool, Foulage, Redscaurhead, Kidson Crossing, Winkston, Templebar, Mailingsland, Old Mailingsland, Langside, Swinton Bank, Dalatho, Tweed Bridge, Tweedside, Haystone, Kingsmeadows, Ferniehaugh, Whitebridge, Whitehaugh, Hope Bridge, Haystone, Newby, St. Mary's, Elder's Croft, Chambers, Elibank, Montgomery, Gosford, Beech Villa, Bonnington, Crookston, Cademuir, Edderstone, Neidpath South Parks.

Population:

Here are some figures showing the parish's population through time:

Peeblesshire Map