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Roxburghshire map

Cavers is situated in south east Roxburghshire. To the north lie the Parishes of Minto and Ancrum, the Parishes of Bedrule and Hobkirk lie to the east, whilst on the south lies the Parish of Kirkton and the Parishes of Hawick and Wilton are on the west. The ecclesiastical Parish of Cavers is now linked with Kirkton and Hawick Trinity

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1694 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1695 to 1754 and from 1780 to 1841.
  • Deaths: 1781 to 1854.
Denholm Church Denholm 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
A quest for Scottish Roots in the Middle MarchesThis article was first printed in the Laidlaw Family Journal of October 1995 and has been reprinted in this issue.3 pages or more 31Kenneth Laidlaw 
William Elliot, ArchitectThe family history of William Elliot and descriptions of some of the fine house's he built.3 pages or more 15Kathleen Stewart 
The Life and Family of Dr. John LeydenEnthralling biography of the famous polymath (minister, surgeon, judge, linguist, poet and naturalist) who lived from 1775 to 1811.7 pages or more 45Marjory Gavin 
Hobkirk/HopkirkReport on research into the name Hobkirk/Hopkirk.less than 1 page 96Glenys Bollard 
Selkirk Migrants 1850--1865A list of emigrants from Selkirk to various parts home and abroad, from the diary of the minister of Selkirk Parish Kirk.2 pages or more 9Alison Scott 
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 
The Ainslies--Some notesThe name Ainslie, from 1066 onwards, a full and detailed family history.1 page or more 8Violet Jardine 
Cavers & DistrictTalk given in February 2007 about the history of the kirk and parish of Cavers, and its links with Melrose, St Cuthbert, and other famous people.6 pages or more 64Jean Muir 
More Canadian Intimations in the 'Hawick Advertiser'Deaths (1863-1864) extracted from the "Hawick Advertiser" of people connected to the Borders, and other places in southern Scotland. Continued from issue 40.less than 1 page 43Marjory Gavin 

Map of Cavers 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 Cavers 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 Cavers & Kirkton (including Denholm) monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (94), TURNBULL (52), OLIVER (36), MURRAY (31), LITTLE (27), DOUGLAS (24), ELLIOT (23), DAVIDSON (20), WILSON (20), ANDERSON (18), YOUNG (17), ARMSTRONG (17), THOMSON (16), SMITH (16), BELL (15), HENDERSON (14), LAIDLAW (13), TAIT (12), BROWN (12), AMOS (12).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Cavers Parish Church


Hawick Archaeological Society


Denholm Village Site contains a history of the Town.
Cavers - A one name study a study into the name Cavers.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Denholm Village, Fast Castle, Dykes, Spittal, Blaweary, Todlaw, Little Cavers, Asybank, Whitrigs, Kininghall, Trow Mill, Cavers, Westmiddle, Deanbrae, Coldmill, Orchard, Westcote, Ormistone, Hummelknows, Collifordhill, Cogsmill, Stobs Castle, North Berryfell, South Berryfell, Earlside, Shankend, Penchrise, Priesthaugh, Houdshall, Skelfhill, Broadhaugh, Phaup, Binks, Hendersons Know, Shuttlehall, Gladsnest, Northhousehaugh, Moozieknowe, Linhope, Mosspaul, Wisp, Limeycleugh, Blackwater, Castleweary, Carlenrig, Merrylaw.

1851 census: Cavers, Denholm, Westergatehall, Denholm Mill, Teviothaugh, Woodside, Dean, Spittal Bar, Spittal, Fastcastle, Dykes,Blaweary, Dykes Muir, Tower, Ashiebank, Honeyburn, Little Cavers, Denholm Hill, Todlaw, Whitriggs, East Middle, Cavers Mains, Deanbrae, Birnieknow, Westmiddle, Shiplawcross, Knows, Kininghall, West Cot, West Middle, Little Cot, Trow Mill, Coldmill, Orchard, Ormston, Ormiston, Ormeston, Whitacres, Kaimend, Hubknows Mill, Hummilknows, Hummil Mill, Hummilmillknow Haugh,Coliforthill, Sunnyside, Earlside, Cogsmill, Stobs, Elliottfield, Penchrise, Peelbraehope, Hawkhass, Stanishope, Longsidebrae, Shankend. Shankend Shiel, Limekinnedge, Berryfell Gap, South Berryfell, Berryfell Plain, North Berryfell.

1861 census: Cavers, Denholm, Spittal, Dykes, Blaweary, Dykesmuir, Ashybank, Little Cavers, Honeyburn, Woodside, Denholmhill, Todlaw, Whitriggs, Deanhead, East Middle, Cavers Mains, Deanbrae, Birnie Knowe, Cavers Knowes, Cavers Wood, West Middle, Kinninghall, West Cote, Spear Bank, East Cote, Trow Mill, Trow Knowes, Coldmill, Orchard, Ormiston, Loughend, Kaimend, Sunyside, Whitacres, Hankimshaugh, Hummelknowes, Coliford Hill, Todlands, Coggsmill, Stobs, Elliotsfield, Penchrist, Longsidebrae, Peelbraehope, Stenishope, Limekilnedge, Shankendshields, Shankend, Berryfell Gap, South Berryfell, Berryfellplain, Earlside, North Berryfell, Coggsmillgatle.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map

Local Pictures

 Denholm Dean
Denholm Dean (before 1908)

 Hornshole. Hawick
Hornshole. Hawick

 Stobs Castle
Stobs Castle

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