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Chirnside is situated in eastern Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the Parish of Coldingham, on the east by the Parishes of Ayton and Foulden, on the south by the Parish of Hutton and on the west by the Parishes of Edrom and Bunkle & Preston.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1660 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1660 to 1853.
  • Deaths: 1784 to 1815.
Chirnside Parish Church Chirnside Parish Church

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Only pre 1855 memorial records have been transcribed (see below).

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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
Cockburns face to faceCockburns and their likeness seems to have been the great asset of this family. From 1650 onwards this family have a interesting history.2 pages or more 10Anne Cockburn 
Local Histories - Chirnside - A Borders VillageReview of a volume about the history of Chirnside from 'earliest times'. Merchants and tradespeople from 1825 and 1940s included.less than 1 page 100Ronald Morrison 
Ninewells Waulkmill, ChirnsideSome investigation by the author finding Ayton church memorials for his x4 and x5 great grandparents - Paternal side Edward Fair (d. 1847) and wife Elizabeth Wood (d.1857), their son William Fair (d. 1801) and wife Christina Darling (d. 1825). Dates? Maternal side - William Martin (d.1794) and wife Isabel Jeffrey (d. 1790), and Thomas Martin (d. 1841) and wife Hellen Cockburn (d. 1851). Thomas - at the time of erecting the stone was working and living in Ninewells Waulkmill, Chirnside, and lived there for 50 years.less than 1 page 106Bill Stewart 
The Ayton Bard Robert Mennon 1797-1885Book review. Author: Michael Mennon. This is a two part article abridged from the book of the title written by A. Michael Mennon. A copy of the complete book together with maps, photographs and poems is in Scottish Borders Council Library Headquarters with a family tree.4 pages or more 15A. Michael Mennon 
Dr George Henderson of Chirnside (1800 - 1864)Part 1 of an account of George Henderson of Chirnside, a medical doctor, who also found time for his interests in local history and customs, botany and poetry.12 pages or more 62 
Memories of FogoRecollections of life in Fogo at the end of the 19th. and beginning of the 20th century.2 pages or more 93Kate Duncan Thomas 
Dr John Macwhirter: A Man of LettersBook review. Author: L & P Macwhirter. The history of the medical doctor John Macwhirter probably born in Chirnside around 1780. He had 15 children, 3 of which were buried in Calcutta, India. The family returned to Edinburgh but later emigrated to Australia. It includes a chapter on medical practice in Scotland at that time, and an extensive bibliography.less than 1 page 108Enid Cruikshank 
Letters of Slains 1569 - A family puzzleAn intriguing tale of death and complaint in 1569.2 pages or more 12Jean Smithers 
Border MurdersThis is a stroll around the Borders looking into, with some depth, the murders in the 1800s.2 pages or more 32Norrie McLeish 
The Bradford Family SearchA tale of family that moved from Northumberland to Berwickshire. All were farm servants some labourers some farm stewards. There are irregular marriages, name changes and a possible pioneering birth using chloroform.6 pages or more 72Bill Bradford 
Life in Melrose--150 years agoThis is the account of family life in Melrose in the first half of last century, from an autobiography of Catherine Helen Spence.3 pages or more 11Colin Wood 

Map of Chirnside 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 Chirnside 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.

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives,The Hub, Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Chirnside Parish Church

Chirnside Associate Presbyterian Church

Chirnside Reformed, later Free and United West Free Church (Ref - CH3/336).


Berwickshire Naturalists' Club.


(Facebook) Chirnside History Club
The RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Chirnside, Nursery, Whitehill, Nethermains, Pearbank, Edington Mill, Edington Mains, Blackburn, Causeway Bank, Wheatacres, Oldcastles, Harelaw, Oxward, Easter Harelaw, Easter Crowbutt, Mains, Wester Crowbutt, Ninewells Mains, Rock House, Kirkgate, Ninewells, Broadhaugh.

1851 census: Chirnside, Whitehall, Broadhaugh, Ninewells, Rock-House, Oldcastles, Causewaybank, Wheatacres, Blackburn, Harelaw, Maines, Crowbutt, Oxward, Eding Hill, Edington, Nethermains, Pearbank.

1861 census: Chirnside, Ninewells, Oldcastles, Causeway Bank, Blackburn, Edington Toll, Edington Hill, Edington, Harelaw, Crowbutt, East Harelaw, Mains, Oxward, Nether Mains, Whitehall, Broadhaugh, Ninewells, Rock House.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map