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Roxburghshire map

Bedrule is situated in the centre of Roxburghshire the Parish of Ancrum lies to the north, the Parish of Jedburgh is on the east, to the south-west is the Parish of Hobkirk and the Parish of Cavers is on the west.

In 1975 the Parishes of Bedrule and Minto were combined as the Parish of Ruberslaw which is now linked with Hobkirk and Southdean.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1690 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1690 to 1748 and from 1751 to 1854.
Bedrule Parish Church Bedrule Parish Church

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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
The Lillico Family - Chain Migrants to Gloucester Township, OntarioThe story of a family that emigrated from Roxburghshire to Ontario8 pages or more 70Eleanor Lillico 
Bedrule Heritage Project UpdateThe Bedrule Project is Phase II of 'The 12 Towers of Rule" project. This article is a brief summary on the administration of the project, including impact, access, information dissemination and next steps.less than 1 page 110Editor 
Summary of the 'Dig' at BedruleFurther to the 12 Towers of Rule Adopt-a-Monument project, additional funding has been secured, and excavations performed in partnership with local volunteers, young and old. The project plan for the dig is described.1 page or more 110Jane Bowers 
The Bedrule Stained Glass Window DedicationA summary of the Turnbull Clan Association AGM in 2019 at the Bedrule Kirk. The AGM included a reflection on and dedication of the Great Commission stained glass window designed by Sandy Milligan, and made and installed by Maurice Jackson of The Stained Glass Studio, Edinburgh, following the donation by Wally and Betty Turnbull from North Carolina.1 page or more 101Ken Turnbull 
The relationship of place names and personal namesThe relationship is two fold: (1) Place names derived from personal names, (2) Personal names derived or adopted from place names.1 page or more 21Jessie Macdonald 
12 Towers of Rule ProjectProgress for the 12 Towers of Rule Project. 120 pupils from Borders primary schools have taken part in the archaeological dig at Bedrule Castle - the first phase.less than 1 page 108Editor 
Border Tales and Trails, The Clan TurnbullReview of book 'Border Tales and Trails, the Clan Turnbull' by Kenneth Turnbull.1 page or more 98Ronald Morrison 

Map of Bedrule 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 Bedrule 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 Bedrule monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): TURNBULL (30), SCOTT (18), USHER (7), MURRAY (7), BELL (6), LEADBETTER (5), ANDERSON (5), ROBSON-SCOTT (4), RIDDELL (4), STEVENSON (4), REAY (4), RAE (4), PATERSON (4), COCKBURN (4), GREENSHIELDS (4), BRUNTON (4), THOMSON (4), DAVIDSON (3), CRAIG (3), VEITCH (3).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Bedrule Parish Church

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Border Villages Website
A village website
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
A 19th Century description of the Parish
Turnbull Clan Website contains video clips of service at Bedrule Parish Church.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Bedrule, Fulton, Spittal, Menslaw, Menslawhaugh, Newton, Knowsouth, Rewcastle, Kersfield.

1851 census: Bedrule, Rewcastle, Knowsouth, Newton, Menslaw, Guide Post, Bedrule Mill, Fulton, Wood End.

1861 census: Bedrule, Newton, Menslaw, Spittal, Guidepost, Bedrule Mill, Fulton, Rewcastle, Knowsouth.


The population has been recorded as follows: