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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.
Smailholm Parish Church. Smailholm 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 Crammond Family of SmailholmNotes about a Crammond family of Smailholm and their children.1 page or more 57Hazel Crammond 
Letter to the Editor - Ulster Pringles?A request for help with researching the Pringle Clan who lived at Smailholm Tower (1400 to 1650-1700), and their connection with the Pringles of Ulster.less than 1 page 101Nigel C.B. Pringle 
A DNA RevelationThe 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.less than 1 page 57Gordon Crammond 
James Fleming, father of Sir John Ambrose FlemingSome notes on James Fleming, born near Smailholm, father of Sir John Ambrose Fleming who featured in issue 82.2 pages or more 84Ian McGregor 
Sir Walter Scott's BordersA note about Scott being born in Edinburgh, but convalescing at Sandyknowe Farm near Smailholm with grandfather and Aunt Jenny, where he was immersed in Borders history and folklore and music. A year at Kelso Grammar School, Deputy Sheriff of Selkirkshire, Ashestiel and construction Abbotsford.less than 1 page 106Editor 
Captain Cook's Border BackgroundThe history of Captain James Cook and the Ednam connection.1 page or more 6Dr Jim Trainer 
Marth’s Marmalade and Diet LoafSome letters which brought life to the bare bones of the author's family tree.2 pages or more 56Marjorie Dybeck 

Map of Smailholm from UK Great Britain, Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile (1:63,360), 'Hills' edition, 1885-1903
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.

Map of Smailholm from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
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), FORSYTH (9), FAIRBAIRN (9), BROWN (7), WILSON (7), SMITH (6), PURVES (6), PATTERSON (5), HENDERSON (5), KNOX (5), TEMPLETON (5), THORBURN (4), MITCHELL (4), YULE (4), BRACK (4), STEVENSON (4), THOMSON (4), PAXTON (4).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

Church and Parish

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Smailholm Parish Church (Ref - CH2/1322



The Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Smailholm Village Website contains a number of articles on the history of the Parish and its peoples.
Clan Pringle Website contains information on the Pringles and their Smailholm connection.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
Wikipedia has a summary of the history of Smailholm Tower.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm Names in census Records;

1841 census: Smailholm, West Field, Loanhead, Easter Girnick, Wester Girnick, Sandy Know, Smailholm Mains, Bettyfield, Mainberry, Spotsmains, Corsick.

1851 census: Smailholm, Westfild, Loanhead, Wester Girnick, Easter Girnick, Smailholm Mill, Corsick, Spotsmains, Mainberry, Bettyfield, Sandyknowe, Smailholm Mains, Old Spotsmains.

1861 census: Smailholm Mains, Corsick, Spotsmains, Bettyfield, Old Mainberry, New Mainberry, Sandyknowe, Overtown, Westfield, New Smailholm, Boghouse, Girniclk.


The population has been recorded as follows:


Roxburghshire map