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Whitsome

Berwickshire map

The united Parishes of Whitsome and Hilton are situated in south east Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the Parishes of Edrom and Hutton, on the east by the Parish of Hutton, on the south by the Parishes of Ladykirk and Swinton and on the west by the Parishes of Swinton and Edrom.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1724 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1762 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1784 to 1790.

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1841 census Whitsome.
1851 census Whitsome.
1861 census Whitsome.

Except as undernoted the Memorial Inscriptions have not been transcribed but note content of Village website.

Whitsome Parish Church Whitsome Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Article: History of Whitsome by Lesley A Robertson.
Pre 1855 Memorial inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G.A.C. Binnie.
CD The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by James Robson 1896.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
CD Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.

Other

Title deeds relating to land at Whitsome - particularly the Heriot, Cunningham and Weatherall families.

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
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Map of Whitsome 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.

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh hold the following records;

Whitsome Parish Church;

Minutes; 1834 to 1844, 1847 to 1870 ref CH2/977.

also the following maps

Plan of Easter Laws and Ravelaw (19th. century) ref; RHP.1207.
Plan of Whitsome Newton 1823 ref; RHP.3625/1-2.

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has printed the following articles

Websites

Whitsome Website contains photographs and transcriptions of gravestones in Whitsome Churchyard plus much background information on the Parish.

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland compiled initially between 1791 and 1799, with a subsequent edition between 1834 and 1845 are a valuable record of the geography, history, economy, people and customs recorded by local ministers. You'll need to search for the parish name.

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Farm Horse tax 1797-1798.
Medical Officers of Health Reports 1891.
Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873. (available on C.D. in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Whitsome, Laws, Newton, Ravelaw, Longrigg, Whitsomehill, Laws, Leetside, Herriot Bank, Dykethead, Hilton, Wynnfield, Jardinfield, Eaglehall, Frenchlaw.
1851 census: Whitsome, Herriotbank, Leetside, Frenchlaw, Dykethead, Muirhouse, Hilton, Wynnfield, Jardinfield, Eagle-hall. Red Row, Whitsome Hill, East Newton, West Newton, Laws Muir, Wester Laws, Ravelaw, Langrig, Heritage.
1861 census: Whitsome, Harriat Bank, Leetside, Frenchlaw, Dykethead, Hilton. Muir House, Winfield, Jardenfield, Red Row, Whitsomehill, East Newton, West Newton, Southlaws, Whitsomelaws, Ravelaw, Langrigg, Heritage, Crofts.

Population

The population has been recorded as follows: 1755 - 399, 1801 - 560, 1811 - 536, 1821 - 661, 1831 - 664, 1841 - 622, 1851 - 612, 1861 - 1067.