The Parish of Smailholm is situated in the north east of Roxburghshire and it is bounded on three sides by Berwickshire with the Parish of Mertoun to the west, the Parish of Earlston to the north and the Parish of Nenthorn to the east. It is joined to the rest of Roxburghshire by the Parishes of Makerstoun and Kelso to the south. Smailholm is now one of the Kelso Country Churches - the others are Makerstoun, Nenthorn, Roxburgh & Stichill - which is linked with Kelso Old Parish Church & Sprouston.
Smailholm Tower once home to Scotts and Pringles is a prominent landmark on a crag to the south of the village.
Old Parish Records cover the periods:
Births: 1648 to 1854.
Marriages: 1701 to 1854.
Deaths: 1784 to 1854.
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Memorial Inscriptions Roxburghshire Vol XII, 2nd Edition (Smailholm) 2009 edited by Elspeth Elma Fleming - CD-ROM includes:
Hearth and Poll Tax
War Memorial transcriptions
List of Ministers
Graveyard Plan of 1814
Volumes available for consultation within our Archive
The High Toun on The Hill by Ian Abernethy.
The Churches and Graveyards of Roxburghshire by Dr. G. A. C. Binnie 2001.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.
CD-ROM Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
CD-ROM Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873.
Roxburghshire 3rd. Statistical Account Vol 28 by John Herdman.
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The Crammond Family of Smailholm
Notes about a Crammond family of Smailholm and their children.
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A DNA Revelation
The author's discovery of a direct link to a blood cousin with the name of CRAM, and the surmise that CRAMMOND got shortened along the passage of time.
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Captain Cook's Border Background
The history of Captain James Cook and the Ednam connection.
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Dr Jim Trainer
Marth’s Marmalad and Diet Loaf
Some letters which brought life to the bare bones of the author's family tree.
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Map of Smailholm 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 Smailholm monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): TAIT (10), DICKSON (10), ROBERTSON (9), FAIRBAIRN (9), FORSYTH (9), BROWN (7), WILSON (7), SMITH (6), PURVES (6), PATTERSON (5), KNOX (5), TEMPLETON (5), HENDERSON (5), MITCHELL (4), BRACK (4), THOMSON (4), THORBURN (4), YULE (4), STEVENSON (4), PAXTON (4).
Diary of George Ridpath, Minister of Stichill 1755-1761 University Press Edinburgh 1922. (fully indexed).
Smailholm Parish Church by W. L. Sime 1896.
The records of the Pringle or Hoppringles of the Scottish Border by Alex Pringle.