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Eccles is a rural Parish in the south of Berwickshire bounded on the north by the Parish of Fogo, on the east by the Parishes of Swinton and Coldstream and by the English border, on the south by the Parishes of Sprouston and Ednam and on the west by the Parishes of Hume and Greenlaw.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1699 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1697 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1776 to 1854.

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1841 census Eccles.
1851 census Eccles.
1861 census Eccles.
Eccles, Leitholm and Birgham Memorial Inscriptions, Berwickshire Vol 5 (contains Hearth Tax and Militia Records) - edited by Elspeth Ewan.
Eccles Burial Records 1786-1854 by Nigel Hardie.

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Eccles Parish Church Eccles Parish Church

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.
Trotter of Prentonan by George Baird Trotter.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
C.D. Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
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
A Cockburn Family in Berwickshire and Its Descendants - The BookThe author's Cockburn family history - mostly recent.3 pages or more 24Andrew Cockburn 
Galashiels Murrays in New South WalesMurrays first came to the fore in Eccles, follow them through generations. There is also a very touching letter in the article.2 pages or more 10Donald Wyte 

Map of Eccles 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 Eccles 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 Eccles (with Birgham and Leitholm) monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): ROBERTSON (26), SCOTT (25), WOOD (25), WILSON (23), BELL (20), YOUNG (19), WALKER (18), BROWN (17), DICKSON (17), PURVES (16), TURNBULL (16), MCDOUGALL (16), ALLAN (14), JOHNSTON (14), JEFFREY (14), HENDERSON (14), SMITH (13), PATTERSON (13), STEWART (12), DODDS (11).

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

The Scottish National Archives Edinburgh contain the following records;

Eccles Parish Church;

Eccles Free Church;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


Genuki has published a list of maps and plans available for consultation within the National Archives of Scotland.

Some detailed history of the Parish

Birgham Community Website

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland compiled initially between 1791 and 1799, with a subsequent edition between 1834 and 1845 are a valuable record of the geography, history, economy, people and customs recorded by local ministers. You'll need to search for the 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.

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Eccles, Womerlaw, Kingsridge, Bartlehill, Eccles Shiell, Harlaw, Hassington Mains, Belmount, Kennetsideheads, Burnhouse, Hassington, Overmains, Loanknow, Spring Well, White Bank, Pittlesheugh Plough Land, Thirlington, Stonefold, Hardacres, Cross Hall, Anns Grove, Fernyridge, Newtown, Whitridge, Sunnyside, Bankhead, Orange Lane, Purveshall, Eccles Tofts, Herdrigg, West Printonan, East Printonan, Earnslaw, Lochrigg, Boughtrigg, Kames East Mains, Kames West Mains, Mersington, Leitholm, Belville, Belvale, Belchester, Grizzlerigg, Moorsfield, Stoneridge Mains, Antonshill, Birgham, Ayton Hall, Homebank, Wester Fireburn, Birgham Haugh, Haigsfield, Cloverhall, Greenlees, Blinkbonny, Lochfield, St. Foin, Lochton, Springhill.
1851 census: Eccles, Wormerlaw, Kingsrigg, Bartlehill, Eccles Shiells, Harlaw, Hassington Mains, Belmount, Kennetsideheads, Hassington, Loanknow, Overmains, Birgham, Ayton Hall, Springhill, Lochton, Sain Foin, Blinkbonny, Greenlees, Cloverhall, Homebank, Haigsfield, Springwell, Ploughland, Whitebank, Purvishall, Thirlington, Stonefold, Brae, Hardacres, Pittleseugh, Crosshall, Ann's Grove, Newton, Ferryrigg, Whitrig, Sunnyside, Bankhead, Orange Lane, Eccles Tofts, Herdrigg, West Printonan, East Printonan, Earnslaw, Lochrigg, Kames East Mains, Boughtrigg, Lanrigg, Kames, Mersington, Leitholm Mill, Belville, Belchester, Grizzlerig, Moorsfield, Stoneridge, Antonhill, West Leitholm, Leitholm.
1861 census: Eccles, Eccles Shiells, Bartlehill, Kingsrig, Wormerlaw, Harlaw, Hassington, Belmount, Kennetsideheads, Burnhouse, Overmains, Loanknow, Belmount, Sain Foin, Lochton, Springhill, Birgham, Ayton Hall, Home Bank, Haigs Field, Wester Fire Burn Mill, Clover Hall, Greenlees, Blinkbonny, Orange Lane, Stoolfoothall, Bankhead, Sunnyside, Whitrigg, Fairney Rigg, Newtown, Cross Hall, Anns Grove, White Bank, Pittlesheugh, Hardacres, Stonefold, Brae, Thirlington, Purves Hall, Ploughland, Springwells, Mersington, Ecclestofts, Herdrigg, West Printonan, East Printonan, Earnslaw, Lochrigg, Kames, Boughtrigg, Longrigg, Kames, Mersington, Leitholm, Belville, Belchester, Grizzlerig, Moorsfield, Stoneridge Mains, Anton' s Hill, Bridgend.


The population has been recorded as follows; 1755 - 1489, 1801 -1682, 1811 -1820, 1821 -1900, 1831-1885, 1841 - 1946, 1851 - 1892, 1861 - 1861.