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Roxburghshire map

The united Parish of Crailing and Nisbet, formerly two separate Parishes divided by the River Teviot which were amalgamated in 1606, is in north Roxburghshire. The Parish of Ancrum is to the west, the Parish of Roxburgh to the north, the Parish of Eckford is to the east and the Parishes of Oxnam and Jedburgh lie to the south.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1708 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1708 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1743 to 1854.
Crailing Parish Church with Piniel Heugh in the background Crailing Parish Church with Piniel Heugh in the background

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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 grave look at the BordersThis must be one of the great stories ever to be printed in our magazine - it is the story of grave snatchers, and how one brave chap got his just reward.4 pages or more 21Ian Abernethy 
Kelso Mail ExtractsSix birth announcements published in the newspaper in 1803 and 1804.1 page or more 73Marjorie Gavin 
Rob of TrowsBorn at Birgham, Rob was a favourite with anglers of all classes, "peer and peasant alike". A boatman of great distinction on the Tweed.2 pages or more 18Mrs M. E. Mason 
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 
Family History in "The Gladstaines Bible"This is the very old history of the Gladstains in the Hawick area in and around 1645 through to 1850 . Few families can go back that far with as much confidence in the manuscript as this one.3 pages or more 27Michael Robson 

Map of Crailing 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 Crailing 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 Crailing & Nisbet monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (20), ROBSON (18), PATON (18), YOUNG (16), RUTHERFORD (14), BROWN (10), WOOD (10), DOUGLAS (10), TURNBULL (8), BELL (8), FAIRBAIRN (8), OLIVER (7), SMITH (7), RIDDELL (6), RICHARDSON (6), THOMSON (6), BUCKHAM (6), PURVES (6), GRIEVE (6), LINDORES (6).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland

Church of Scotland (Ref - CH2/1159)

Free Church of Scotland (Ref - CH3/1176)


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Notes on stones in Nisbet Churchyard .
A 19th Century description of the Parish.
An historical perspective from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland
WW II Memories
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: Crailing Village, Toll, Kirkhouses, Kirkmains, Palace, Haug,h Braehead, Baittings, Orchard, Tofts, Burnhouses, Brownridge, Littledeanslees, Mounteviot, Nisbet Mill, North Upper Nisbet, West Upper Nisbet, Penial Heugh House, Ploughland.

1851 census: Crailing Tofts, Brownrig, Littletonlees, Baittings, Palace, Short Acres, Kirkmains, East Nisbet, West Nisbet, Upper Nisbet, Mounteviot, Hillhead, Nisbet Village.

1861 census: Crailing Tofts, Brownrig, Littletonlees, Baittings, Palace Farm, Kirkmains, Braeheads, Nisbet Mill, Mount Teviot, Upper Nisbet, Ploughlands, East Nisbet, West Nisbet.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map