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Earlston is situated in the south east corner of Berwickshire being bounded on the north by the Parishes of Gordon and Hume, on the east by the Parishes of Hume, Nenthorn, Smailholm and Merton, on the south by the Parish of Melrose and on the west by the Parishes of Legerwood and Gordon.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1694 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1694 to 1719 and from 1784 to 1854.
Death Records exist from 1784 to 1791.

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1841 census Earlston.
1851 census Earlston.
1861 census Earlston.
Earlston Memorial Inscriptions edited by Jean Sanderson 2005 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List, List of Ministers and transcription of the War Memorial).
Legerwood and Earlston Death Records 1784-1854 by Nigel Hardie.

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Earlston Parish Church Earlston Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Pre 1855 Memorial inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G.A.C. Binnie.
C.D. The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by James Robson 1896.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.

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
Lost EarlstonSome notes on a new Earlston website.less than 1 page 89 
William Shillinglaw CrockettArticle on William Shillinglaw Crockett, Earlston, minister, poet and public speaker.1 page or more 99Jenny Cockburn 
Andrew Currie, Border SculptorAn account of the life of Andrew Currie, sculptor (1812-1891) born at Howford Farm Yarrow. Won commissions for several well known public monuments including Mungo Park in Selkirk, the Ettrick Shepherd at St Mary's Loch, two characters on the Scott monument in Edinburgh and Robert the Bruce at Stirling Castle. Married Isabella Hardie daughter of a Denholm stocking-maker and moved to Earlston to work as a sculptor. A full account of his life and works5 pages or more 78Bob Johnstone 
Scott and Dickson - two blacksmith families in EarlstonAn account by the author seeking to establish his ancestry from the Scott and Dickson families, blacksmiths in Earlston1 page or more 94Donald Straughan 
Building a BusinessA history of the Bunyans (Bunyies) from Melrose and Newstead from the early 1600s, originally masons from France, but moving into butcher shops, and prominence in the Melrose Town Council by George Bunyan (Bunyie - the authors' great great grandfather, and Provost of Melrose).2 pages or more 111Stephen Bunyan 
Executions don't come cheapAn account of the hanging at Fans, Earlston of Robert Scott for the murder of two companions on their returning from a fair in the Town and the costs involved in the execution.1 page or more 81Ronald Morrison 
Earlston Air CrashAn appeal for further information following the crash of a German bomber near Earlston during WW2.less than 1 page 98Ronald Morrison 
Society LibraryRecent additions to the Society Library.less than 1 page 98 
The Search for Catharine GilmourA summary of the research on Catharine Gilmour the (youngest of 3 illegitimate girls) daughter of Walter Little Gilmour of Liberton and Craigmillar b.1803, and Barbara Fraser b.1778. She was sent into the care of a shoemaker in Earlston, but her father died and her appointed legal guardian was Hugh Watson of Torsonce, as by then Walter had a legitimate male heir also named Walter, who's estate funded the girls welfare. The research also revealed history of the Newall family descendants of Robert Hogg Hawick, evidenced family in the Stow, Dryburgh and Lauder areas. Catharine ended up in Edinburgh marrying James Miller, and having a daughter Barbara, and later moving to Glasgow, and then Dunoon by 1859. Barbara moved back east to Dalkeith in the 1860s.2 pages or more 102Alison Macdonald 
Travelling Scottish Sons from Ancrum, Crailing, Stichill and EarlstonInformation extracted from the privately printed book about 3 large Border families, all of who had 1 girl who married a minister in each generations, where letters were written and kept by the brothers. The Cranstoun brothers to the Ancrum manse, the Scott brothers to the Stichill manse, and the Gordon brothers to Gordon and Earlston; the groups of brothers also kept in touch with each other. All these documents have been indexed and reflect every day life in the 1700s and early 1800s, including writing and social skills, education, professions and ministers tenures.1 page or more 107Colin -Miles Edgar Anne Edgar 

Map of Earlston 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 Earlston from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Earlston monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (56), WILSON (39), YOUNG (33), THOMSON (33), SMITH (32), BELL (25), PRINGLE (25), KERR (24), FAIRBAIRN (24), SIMPSON (23), ROBERTSON (22), BROWN (22), TAIT (21), ANDERSON (21), HUNTER (21), DOUGLAS (21), JOHNSTON (21), WALKER (19), OLIVER (17), WHITE (15).

Other records;

Scottish Borders Archive and Family History Centre, The Hub Hawick hold the following records;

The National Archives of Scotland hold the following records;

Earlston Parish Church;

Earlston East General Associate Church;

Earlston West Relief Church;

Associate Presbytery of Earlston;

also the following MAP;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;

The Southern Annual has printed the following article ;


First Statistical Account by the Rev. Mr. Laurence Johnston (click "browse scanned pages and insert Parish name").

Second Statistical Account by The Rev. David William Gordon (click "browse scanned pages and insert Parish name").

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Farm Horse tax 1797-1798.
Medical Officer's of Health Reports 1891.
Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873. (available on C.D. in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Earlston, Haughhead Mill, Kidgate, East Townend Farm, Standingstone, Purveshaugh, Fans. Loanend Heathery Hall, Darlingfield, Lightfields, Lightfield Stead, Coltcrooks, Whitehill, Mellerstain, Rachelfield, Covehouse, Marchfield, Yarlside, Whitecleughwell, Shielfield, Georgefield.
1851 census: Earlston, Haughhead Mill, Mid Mill, Rhymer's Mill, Standingstone, Kidgate, East Townend Farm, Purveshaugh, Fans. Loanend Heathery Hall, Darlingfield, Henless, Lightfield, Lightfield Stead, Coltcrooks, Whitehill, Mellerstain, Rachelfield, Covehouse, Marchfield, Yarlside, Shielfield, Whitefield of Cowdenknowes, Georgefield, Grizzelfield, Huntslaw, Summerfield, Blinkbonnie, Carolside, Bellavisto, Cowdenknowes, Cowdenknowes Mains, Crossrig, Park, Redpath, Kirklands, Craighouse
. 1861 census: Earlston, Haughhead, Kidgate, Huntshaw, Hunshaw, Sommerfield, Grizzlefield, Standingstone, Purveshaugh, Fans, Nor Neuk, Darlingfield, Heatheryhall, Henless, Lightfield, Mossside, Coltcrooks, Whitehill, Mellerstain, Rachelfield, Covehouse, Yarlside, Whitefield, Georgefield, Blinkbonny.Carolside, Bellavista, Haughhead, Mid Mill, Rhymer's Mill, Craigsford, Cowdenknowes, Redpath, Kirklands, Craighouse, Beanrig, Park, Crossrig.


The population has been recorded as follows:1755 - 1197, 1791 - 1351, 1801 - 1478, 1811 - 1528, 1821 - 1703, 1831 - 1710, 1841 - 1756, 1851 - 1819, 1861 - 1825.

Berwickshire map

Local Pictures

 Mellerstain House
Mellerstain House

 Mellerstain House
Mellerstain House (before 1909)

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