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Coldingham, the largest Parish in Berwickshire, is situated in the north east of the County, being bounded on the east by the North Sea, on the south by the Parishes of Eyemouth, Ayton and Chirnside, and on the west by the Parishes of Bunkle, Abbey St. Bathans and the Parish of Cockburnspath to the north.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1690 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1694 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1690 to 1759
Coldingham PrioryColdingham Priory

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We are currently involved with the Friends of Coldingham Priory in the recording of the gravestone inscriptions.

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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
Coldingham mortcloth recordsThe mortcloth records are fascinating as they list every occasion when a mortcloth was hired out for a burial. This covers the Coldingham mortcloth.1 page or more 28Vivienne S. Dunstan 
Liddles AbroadFamily pictures awaken an interest in family history. The author made contact with relatives in Australia, descendants of a blacksmith who'd emigrated front Heughhead, Reston.2 pages or more 72Bill Stewart 
Coldingham Monumental InscriptionsA report of the Society's publication on CD. of the Monumental Inscriptions in Coldingham Priory with some additional information.1 page or more 78Elma Fleming 
A Fortunate Experience at ColdinghamDiscovering a family grave in the churchyard at Coldingham Priory.1 page or more 89Ian Blackie 
Grantshouse and the Turner familyThe history of Grantshouse and one of its sons, James Turner. Continued in issue 28.3 pages or more 27James Burns 
The Aytons of AytonThe parish of Ayton from the Norman family De Vesci who changed their name to Ayton to a history of the village.2 pages or more 17James Eaton 
From Coldstream to CanadaThe Galbraith history from Coldstream to Toronto University. A comprehensive account of the Galbraiths.3 pages or more 26James Burns 
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 

Map of Coldingham 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 Coldingham 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 Coldingham monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): WILSON (84), NISBET (34), AITCHISON (30), PURVES (29), THORBURN (28), HOOD (28), JOHNSTON (27), GRAY (25), ROBERTSON (22), COWE (20), WOOD (20), SCOTT (18), PATERSON (18), PATTERSON (18), CRAIG (17), COCKBURN (16), CHISHOLM (16), SMITH (16), BELL (16), ALLAN (16).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Coldingham Parish Church (Ref - CH2/69)

Houndwood quoad Sacra Parish (Ref - CH2/969)

Coldingham United Associate Burgher Church

Houndwood Free Church


Berwickshire Naturalist Club

The Southern Annual


Coldingham Village Site .
St. Abbs Community Website.
The RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Coldingham, Haughhead, Swinwoodmill, East Restonmill, East Reston, Restonhill, Berrybank, Ferney Castle, Stoneshiel, Reston Mains, Berryhaugs, Reston, Wood Law, New Mains, Greenhead, Fair Law, Houburn, Shawbraes, Coveheugh, Bankhead, Walkmill, Greenburn, Auchencrow, Sunnyside, Swansfield, Walow Bank, Horsely, Bankhouse, Brockholes, Harelawside, Renton, Renton Barns, Howpark, Alton, Greenwood, Renton Deanfoot, South Renton, Renton Bush, Houndwood, Bee Edge, Cairncross, Blackhill, Hillend, Lemington, Mountalban, Bog Bank, South Grange, Grange, Press Castle, Press,Whitcross, Clayhall, Ale Mill, Highlaws, Biglaw Burn, Halydown, Fleurs, Fleuars, Paddockmire, East Law, Homefield, Law, Northfield, Shore Village, Milldown, Townhead, Cross Gate, Muirside, Coldingham Lone, Bogangreen, Burnhall, Templehall, Abbey Park, Silverwells, Buskenbrae, Crosslaw, Northfallow Know, Southfallow Know, Huxton, Moorhouse, Dowlaw, Lumsdain, Westerside, West Loch, Pilmuir, Blackpotts.

1851 census: Coldingham, Stoneshiel, Ferney Castle, Fairneybank, Berrybank, Reston Hill, Reston, Swinewood Mill, Heughhead, Bankhead, Waulk Mill, Bush, Coveyheugh Mill, Shawbraes,Howburn Mill, Fairlaw,Greenhead, Newmains, Muirmontrig, Sunnyside, Swansfield, Horsely, Wardiebank, Greenburn , Auchincrow, Grammar Hall, Hollands, Brockholes, Renton Bush, Houndwood, Westwood, Greenwood, Alton, Rentonwood, Renton Barns, Howpark, Harelawside, Grant's House, Butterdean, Scrog End, Mount Albon, Lemington, Hillend, Blackhill, Cairncross, Ale Water House, Bee Edge, Press, North Grange, South Grange, West Grange, Bogue Bank, Lawsmithy, Whitecross, Lawhill, Alemill, Highlaws, Hallydown, Fleurs, East Law, Milldown, Shore Village, Northfield, Wellworthhall, Bonar Dub, Killnow, The Bow, Bogangreen, Blackpots, Pilmuir, West Loch, Waterside, Lumsden, Doulaw, Moor House, Springhill, Leveret Lees, Burnside, Myrtlehall, Mossfield, Burnhead, Mossside, Dronhill, Fountainside, Hopefield, Newbegin, Hopestead, Woodside, Huxton, South Cala Know, North Fala Know, Silverwells, Abbeypark Templehall, Buskinbrae, Crosslaw, Bogangreen.

1861 census: Coldingham, Law, Whitecross, Bee-edge, Alewater, Cairncross, Blackhill, Alemill, Clay House, Highlaws, Biglawburn, Hallydown, Fleurs, Paddockmire, East Law, Bonnerdub, Milldown, Burngreen, Kirkgate, Bridgend, Burnside, Kilknowe, Townfoot, Scabeyburn, Blackpots, West Loch , Waterside, St. Abb's Head, Northfield, Shore.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map