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The Parish of Yetholm is in south east of Roxburghshire on the border with England. The Parish of Morebattle lies to the west and on the north is the Parish of Linton. The English County of Northumberland is on the eastern boundaty.
The twin villages of Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm straddle the River Bowmont. The St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne passess through the Parish and te Pennine Way ends in Kirk Yetholm. Kirk Yetholm also has a long association with Gipsie famiilies.
Old Parish Records cover the periods:
|Yetholm Parish Church|
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|Title||Synopsis||Size Description||Issue No||Author|
|Rev. John Baird (1799-1861)--Friend of the Gypsies||John Baird was Minister at Kirk Yetholm. He was responsible for the new bridge , rebuilding the Kirk and School. He also educated the Gypsies and brought them into the community. was a founder member of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club.||4 pages or more||26||Donald Whyte|
|A Tale of Two Sisters||A Wanless family’s emigration from Yetholm to Canada.||3 pages or more||49||Gordon Roy Fairbairn|
|The Gladstones-A study||This is a brief outline of the Gladstone family here in the Borders and as far away as Edinburgh, and Norwich.||3 pages or more||35||G.M.S. Lauder-frost|
|Andrew Thompson (Convict, Emancipist and Philanthropist)||Some notes on the life of Yetholm born Andrew Thompson transported to Australia for petty theft but who went on to become a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and one of the most influential men in the Colony. How a town square created by him and now the oldest surviving in Australia is under threat and of attempts to try to preserve this.||2 pages or more||81||Ronald Morrison|
|Thompson Square Windsor N.S.W. - a memorial to two Scotsman||A report on the campaign to save an historic town square named after James Thompson, born Yetholm, convict emancipist and philanthropist.||2 pages or more||89||Nina Butler|
|Reminiscences of Childhood by a Matron of 78||Narrative written by the author's great grandfather's sister about their emigration from Scotland to New York in 1829. Continued in issue 42.||5 pages or more||41||Jim Wilson|
|Jerdan Family History||The family history of the Jerdans, who they married, and where they lived in the Borders.||2 pages or more||34||Fred Kennington|
|The Flowers of the Forest||Borders who fell at Flodden A list of nobility who fell in the battle The rank and file fell with no records.||2 pages or more||26||Andrew Cockburn|
|The Kirk Yetholm Gypsies||If you are connected to Yetholm, this is a must for you, it covers the gypsies from Persia right through to being settled in Kirk Yetholm. It is in two parts: issue 31 and 32.||4 pages or more||31||A. V. Tokley|
|The Bennets of Grubet||An old Roxburghshire family associated with Kirk Yetholm and the Gypsies and their descendents.||3 pages or more||29||Donald Whyte|
The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Yetholm monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): YOUNG (39), SCOTT (22), TURNBULL (22), HALL (19), DAVIDSON (18), OLIVER (16), BROWN (16), CAIRNS (16), STENHOUSE (16), KERR (14), DOUGLAS (13), WILSON (13), ROBSON (13), PRINGLE (13), HOGG (12), ELLIOT (12), TAIT (11), DODDS (11), THOMSON (9), BELL (9).
Account Books of John Kerr, Yetholm millwright 1808 to 1829 (Ref - CS96/1676-78).
Yetholm Village Website contains a detailed history of the Parish, those associated with it and a full transcription of the names on the War Memorial.
The Community Council Website
The Scottish Gypsy Website contains considerable information on the Gypsies and their connection with Yetholm.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;
1841census: Yetholm, Primside Mill, Duncan Haugh Mill, Lochtower, Halterburnhead, Halterburn, Halfland, Vencheon Mains, Vencheon, Wideopen, Brae House, Cherrytrees Hill House, Cherrytrees, Clockmill, Thirlestane.
1851 census: Town Yetholm, Primside Mill, Lochtower, Thirlestane, Clock Mill, Kirk Yetholm, Duncanhaughmill, Hayhope, Halterburnheads, Halterburn, Halfland, Vencheon, Wideopen, Cherrytreeshillhead, Cherrytrees, Braehouse.
1861 census: Town Yetholm, Duncanhaugh Mill, Primside Mill, Lochtower, Thirlestane, Clockmill, Kirk Yetholm, Blunty's Mill, Bowmont, Hayhop, Halterburnhead, Halterburn, Halfway, Yetholm Mains, Venshen, Wideopen, Braehouse, Hillhead, Cherrytrees.
The population has been recorded as follows: