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Selkirkshire map

Yarrow is situated in north Selkirkshire being bounded on the west and north by the parishes of Tweedsmuir, Peebles, Traquair and Innerleithen in Peeblesshire, on the east by the parishes of Caddonfoot and Selkirk and on the south by the parishes of Kirkhope and Ettrick.

  • Birth Records 1691-1854
  • Marriage Records 1691-1704 and 1724-1824
  • Death Records 1731-1732 and 1759-1852

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  • 1841 census Yarrow
  • 1851 census Yarrow
  • 1861 census Yarrow
  • Yarrow Burials 1791 to 1837
  • Yarrow Monumental Inscriptions (CD) by Selkirk Antiquarians - contains:
    • militia list
    • Yarrow School admission Register 1874
    • War Memorial transcription.
Yarrow Parish Church Yarrow Parish Church

Local Pictures

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

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
Know your Parish: YarrowA journey down through the Yarrow valley from top to bottom1 page or more 32Audrey Mitchell 
An Elephantine trip to St Mary's LochGeorge Reavly in his history of Galashiels notes that fifty years ago not a gig could be got to hire. One of the largest trips that ever left Galashiels propelled by horse power. On the trip to St Marys Loch.2 pages or more 22K. McRae 
William Welsh - The Dowie Dens o' YarrowSome notes on William Welsh author of a book of poetry in 1838 and on the origins of the Ballad 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow'.1 page or more 81Ronald Morrison 
A History of the BrydonsFor some hundreds of years there has been Brydons in the Borders. From Gilston, Broadmeadows, and overseas.2 pages or more 7Mrs Joan Scott Stewart 
The mole catchers of LilliesleafThe story of a mole and rabbit catcher in the Lilliesleaf area.1 page or more 18Mrs S.J. Hodgkinson 
A Canadian ConnectionCopies of letters sent from Canada in 1864 - they make very interesting reading.2 pages or more 25Jenifer Payne 
Why couldn’t he have been called Ebenezer ?Article examining which John Little is the author's ancestor.4 pages or more 42Jessie Hislop 
Dalgleishs and Stoddarts of YarrowDescription of George McLauchlan's family from his paternal great grandparents Robert Dalgleish and Margaret Elliot from Yarrow, and Robert's step-family John Stoddart. The Dalgleish family were tenants at Fastheugh for over 100 years, and Robert's parents (Robert and Martha Muir were from Anaston. Martha married 3 times - Robert, John Stoddart (Williamhope) and Robert Curror (Hartwoodburn). Margaret Elliot was a direct descendant of Martin Elliot of Braidley. John and Martha had 3 children; John later married Helen Veitch (Innerleithen) and had 9 children.2 pages or more 103Marjorie McLauchlan 

Map of Yarrow 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 Yarrow 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 Yarrow monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): Scott (47), Anderson (22), Hogg (20), Laidlaw (18), Turnbull (16), Mitchell (16), Nichol (13), Little (12), Brown (12), Johnstone (12), Renwick (11), Brydon (10), Amos (10), Dalgleish (10), Goodfellow (9), Beattie (9), Baptie (9), Henderson (9), Douglas (8), Wilson (8).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland

Yarrow and Meggat Free Church (Ref CH3/1573)

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Adinhope, Altrive Lake, Ashisteel, Berrybush, Birks, Blackhouse, Bowerhope, Brockhill, Cathaugh, Catslackburn, Catslacknow, Craig Douglas, Craighope, Crosscleuch, Cutkerwood, Dodhead, Drycleughlee, Dryhope, East Deuchar, East Redfordgreen, Elybank, Ettrickbridge Village, Fanns, Fauldshope, Gilmanscleugh, Goldisgreen, Gordon Inn, Haningshaw, Helmburn, Hennel, Howfoord, Howford, Huntly, Huttlerburn, Hydhope, Kirkhope, Kirkstead, Ladhope, Langhope, Lewinshope, Linfoot, Lower Huntly, Mt.Benger, Muttonhall, Nether Delorain Upper Delorain, Newbrough, Newhouse, Old Lewinshope, Peel, Sandbed, Shaws, Shiringscleugh, Shootenlees, Singly, St.Marys Cottage, Stenhopefoot, Sundhope, Sundhopeburn, Sundhopehead, Tinnis, West Deuchar, West Redfordgreen, Whitefield, Whitehope, Whitelshiell, Whithillbrea, Woodend, Yarrow Feu,Yarrow Peelburn Head, Yarrowford Village.

1851 census: Altrieve, Ashisteel, Berrybush, Birks, Bourhop, Brockhill, Cathaugh, Catslackburn, Catslacknow Village, Craig Douglas, Crosscleugh, Cutkerwood, Deuchar, Dodhead, Drycleuchlee, Dryhop, East Kershope, Eldinhope, Elibank, Ettrickbridge Village, Fanns, Fauldshope, Gilmanscleuch, Goldiesgreen, Hangingshaw, Hart Leap, Helmburn, Hennel, Hillend, Howford, Huntly, Hutlerburn, Hyndhope, Inch, Kirkhope, Kirkstead, Ladhope, Langhope, Lewinshope, Mt.Benger, Mutton Hall, Nether Deolraine, Newburgh, Newousehouse, Old Howford, Old Lewinshope, Over Deolraine, Rabbit Hall, Redfordgreen, Shaws, Sherengscleuch, Singlee, St Marys Ct., Stenhopefoot, Sundhope, Tinnis, West Kershope, Whitefield, Whitehope, Whithillbrae, Whithillshiel, Woodend,Yarrow Peelburnhead, Yarrowford Village.

1861 census: Altrieve, Ashiesteel, Berrybush, Birks, Blackhouse, Bowehope, Carleton, Catslackburn, Craig of Douglas, Crooscleugh, Dryhope, Duchermill, East Kershope, Eldinhope, Elibank, Feus, Glengaber, Gordon Arms, Greenwells, Haningshaw, Hartleap, Hennel, Howford, Kirkstead, Ladhope, Lewinshope, Mountbenger, Muttonhall, Peel, Sandbed, Scar Neuk, Sundhope, Sunny Bank, The Plantain, Tinnis, Town Head, Warrior's Rest, West Kershope, Whitehope, Yarowford Village, Yarrow


The population has been recorded as follows:

Selkirkshire map

Local Pictures

 James Hogg Monument, St Mary
James Hogg Monument, St Mary's Loch (before 1939)

 James Hogg Monument, St Mary
James Hogg Monument, St Mary's Loch

 St Mary
St Mary's Loch (before 1906)

 St Mary
St Mary's Loch (before 1906)

 St Mary
St Mary's Loch (before 1906)

 St Mary
St Mary's Loch

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