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Roxburgh

Roxburghshire map

Roxburgh Parish is situated towards the north east of the County of the same name and is bounded on the north-west by the Parish of Makerstoun on the north-east by the Parish of Kelso, on the south by the Parishes of Eckford and Crailing and and on the west by the Parishes of Ancrum and Maxton. The parish includes the village of Heiton and the manor of Fairnington.

Once a royal burgh; in the Middle Ages it rivalled Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, or Berwick-upon-Tweed in importance and as as royal residence of David I it could have been considered the Capital of Scotland. It occupies an easily defensible site between the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and remains of the Roxburgh Castle can still be seen on a mound opposite Floors Castle. This part of the medeival parish of Roxburgh is now incorporated into the Parish of Kelso.

Roxburgh is now one of the Kelso Country Churches - the others are Makerstoun, Nenthorn, Smailholm & Stichill - which is linked with Kelso Old Parish Church & Sprouston.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1624 to 1760, 1702 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1654 to 1794, 1801, 1826, 1849 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1783 to 1812, 1854.
Roxburgh Parish Church. Roxburgh Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Letters of Slains 1569--A family puzzleAn intriguing tale of death and complaint in 1569.2 pages or more 12Jean Smithers 



Map of Roxburgh 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 Roxburgh monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (21), HOPE (18), LAIDLAW (13), HENDERSON (13), HOGG (12), TURNBULL (12), KERR (10), ROBERTON (10), RICHARDSON (9), ROBSON (8), BROWN (8), BELL (8), JOHNSTONE (8), ARMSTRONG (7), HAY (7), TAIT (7), WALKER (7), GRAY (7), SMITH (7), RUTHERFORD (6).

Other sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Roxburgh Parish Church (Ref - CH2/314)

Roxburgh Friendly Society of Parochial and Burgh Schoolmasters

Map

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Society

Websites

The Village Website.
The Heiton Village Website.
Floors Castle and Roxburghe Estate Site.
The ITV Channel 4 programme Time Team excavated Ancient Roxburgh in 2004
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: Pirnie-hall, Fairnington, Mossend, Newtown, Cairnmount, Stockstruther, Roxburgh Mains, Trows, Susanfield, Friars, Waterdykes, Over Roxburgh, Kersmains, Roxburgh Village, Farm of Barns, Sunlaws, Whithillfoot, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Heiton Village, Doghill, Highton East Mains.

1851 census: Fairnington, Barns, Kersmains, Trows, Red Stead, Waterdykes, Newton, Stockstruther, Cairn Mount, Friars, Doghill, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Heiton, Whitehillfoot, Sunlaws Hill, Over Roxburgh, Castle Innes, Moorhouse.

1861 census: Barony of Fairnington, Over Roxburgh, Kersmains, Barns, Friars, Trows, Newtown, Stockstruther, Heiton Village, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Doghill, Sunlaws, Whitehillfoot.

Population;

The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map