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Abbey St Bathans

Berwickshire map

Abbey St Bathans is a very rural and picturesque Parish in north Berwickshire, nestling in the valley of the River Whitadder in the Lammermuir Hills. The County of East Lothian and the Parish of Cockburnspath are to the north, on the east are the Parishes of Coldingham and Bunkle, the Parish of Duns is to the south and the Parish of Longformacus is to the west.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1715 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1720 to 1775 and 1821 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1755 to 1760.
Abbey St. Bathan's Parish Church Abbey St. Bathans Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Abbey St Bathans, Cranshaws and LongformacusA brief description of 3 neighbouring parishes and the records available.2 pages or more 73 
Some Purves families in Duns BerwickshireA well known Berwickshire name Purves, a family from Duns in 1634 and his heirs.2 pages or more 22Mrs Evelyn Carlson 
Ecclesiastical Education in Berwickshire What the records have to tellEcclesiastical education of Berwickshire and where to find useful information2 pages or more 38Dr Charles Hoy 

Map of Abbey St Bathans 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 Abbey St Bathans 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 Abbey St Bathans monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): JOHNSTON (8), AITCHISON (7), COCKBURN (5), WELSH (5), DICKSON (5), MACK (4), GILLON (4), THOMSON (4), DAVIDSON (4), TURNBULL (4), DODDS (3), SMITH (3), RANKIN (3), EDGAR (3), YULE (3), DOBIE (2), COWE (2), GILLIES (2), BRUFORD (2), HOGG (2).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub, Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Abbey St. Bathans Parish Church (Ref - CH2/596/7)

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


A detailed description of Abbey St Bathans Church .
RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Abbey St. Bathans, Moneynut, Barnside, Stafonate Mill, Bankend, Woodhouse, Godscroft, Quixwood, Muirhouse, The Moon.

1851 census: Abbey St. Bathans, Stafontane Mill, Woodhouse, Bankend, Godscroft, Barnside, Moorhouse, Quixwood, Pateshill.

1861 census: Abbey St. Bathans, Abbey Mill, Barnside, Shannabank, Sled House, Stafontane, Bankend, Wood House, Godscroft, Paits Hill, Moor House, Quixwood, Burnfoot.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map