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Peeblesshire map

Traquair Parish is situated in the west of Peeblesshire being bounded on the north by the Parish of Innerleithen, on the east and south by the Parish of Yarrow in Selkirkshire and on the west by the Parish of Peebles. In 2000 it became part of the Parish of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn.

Traquair House is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and the lairds were long time supporters of the Stewart Monarchy.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: - 1694 to 1854. (Mothers' names are rarely recorded)
  • Marriages: - 1695 to 1854.
  • There are no Death records.
Traquair Kirk Traquair Parish Church

Local Pictures

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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
Glimpses of Old Innerleithen and TraquairNotes on the book ' Glimpses of Old Innerleithen and Traquair' published by Innerleithen Civic Association in 1989, a copy of which has been acquired for the Society Archives.less than 1 page 97 
Extracts from the Register of the Privy Council of ScotlandExtract from the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland by David Masson.less than 1 page 97Gregory Lauder-Frost 
Hope FamilyLink to the website of the Hope family of Traquair, Tweedsmuir and West Calder.less than 1 page 98 
Innerleithen NewsBook review. Author: Thomas Dobson. "Reminiscences of Innerleithen and Traquair" published 1896. The author recalls life in Innerleithen and accounts passed down from his grandparents going back to Napoleonic times. Many individuals are mentioned in the summary. Also a mention of a recent CD published on Innerleithen Shops.1 page or more 107Ronald Morrison 
The poor, crime and punishment, and the power of the Kirk in the Borders, 17th and 18th CenturiesWhen paupers died, the contents of their houses were sold by public group. This is an account of one sale and the strength of the Kirk.2 pages or more 31M. C. Lawson 
Border SuffragettesArticle of Border Suffragettes.less than 1 page 98Ronald Morrison 
Shillinglaw WallsShillinglaw Tower not far from Traquair it is not only a heap of stones - an interesting tale.2 pages or more 38Jean Shillinglaw Ridley 

Map of Traquair 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.
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Map of Traquair from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Traquair and Kailzie monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (17), BROWN (14), DALGLEISH (10), ANDERSON (10), TENNANT (8), WILSON (8), NICOL (8), TAIT (8), BRODIE (7), BALLANTYNE (7), JACKSON (6), SMITH (6), BELL (5), MELROSE (5), PATERSON (5), MILLER (5), DOUGLAS (5), LITTLE (5), HOPE (5), WILLIAMSON (4).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Records

The National Archives of Scotland

Traquair kirk session records (Ref - CH2/470)


A 19th century account of Traquair

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Traquair, Glenmead, Juniperbank, East Bold, West Bold, Haughhead, Tinelburn, Traquair Know, Traquair Riggs, Old Howford, Howford, Grieston, Slaterhall, Avenuehead, Damhead, Knowe, Damhead Shiel, Kirk House, Orchard Mains, Glen, Glen Valley, Glen Deansbanks, Glenlude, Newhall, Orchardwalls, Heilenshiel, Leverlaw, East Mains, Kailzie, West Mains, Kilzie Toll, Kirkburn, Kirk Bourn, Park Nook, Standing Stone, Cardrona.

1851 census: Traquair, Highland Shiel, Laverlaw, Kirkburn, Kailzie, Parkfoot, Kailzie West Mains, Kailzie East Mains, Cardrona, Old Howford, Slaterhall, Grieston, Avenuehead, Newhall, Glenlude, Glendean, Glen Valley, Orchard Walls, Orchard Mains, Kirkhouse, Damhead, Campshiel, Traquair Riggs, Traquair Parishen, Glenmead, Juniper Bank, West Bold, Haughhead, Tanielburn.

1861 census: Traquair, Cardrona, Kailzie Parkfoot, Kirkburn, Scot's Mill, West Kailzie Mains, Laverlaw, Highland Shiel, Parishin, Traquair Riggs Camp Shiel, Damhead Shiel, Traquair Mill, Avenuehead, Howford, Grieston, Old Howford, Damhead, Kirkhouse, Newhall, Glenlude, Glen Shiel, Glen Valley, Glen, Orchard Walls, Orchardmains, Traquair Knowe, Tanielburn, Heughhead, Bold, Glenmead, Juniperbank.


The population has been recorded as follows;

Peeblesshire Map

Local Pictures

 The Glen
The Glen (before 1907)

 Traquair House
Traquair House

 Drawing Room, Traquair House
Drawing Room, Traquair House

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