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Ednam is a rural Parish situated in north east Roxburghshire which is traversed by the River Eden and is bounded on the north by the Parishes of Stichill and Eccles, Berwickshire, on the east by the Parish of Sprouston on the south by the Parish of Kelso and on west by the Parish of Nenthorn. Enam is now part pf a combined parish with with Kelso North

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1666 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1666 to 1768, 1793 to 1842.
  • Deaths: 1694 to 1778, 1840.
Ednam Parish Church. Ednam Parish Church.

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Ednam and Captain CookA Cleveland lady spent time and effort tracing Captain Cook. Herein lies the Ednam Connectionless than 1 page 25John Newlands 
James Thomson, Capt. James Cook R.N., Ednam and ClevelandThe connection of Rev. James Thomson and Capt. Cook with the village of Ednam.1 page or more 27P. D. Thomson 
Know Your Parish - EdnamHistory of the parish of Ednam and some inhabitants.1 page or more 24Audrey Mitchell 
Captain Cook's Border BackgroundThe history of Captain James Cook and the Ednam connection.1 page or more 6Dr Jim Trainer 
Lt Col Hon Sir Richard Waldie-Griffith BtBiography of Richard Waldie Griffith, grandson of Richard Griffith, Laird of Ednam, a renowned geologist and mining engineer, and son of George Richard Griffith1 page or more 100Mike Chandler 
A Branch of the Johnston ClanReview of a book received by BFHS on the history of the Johnston clan, plus family tree. Also describing life in the 1700s. They emigrated to Australia in 1817. Other Border families mentioned in the tree - Bogue, Darling, Edgar, Fairbairn, Dunlop, Logan, McWatt, Robson, Rutherford, Trotter.less than 1 page 100Ronald Morrison 
Question: Where did all the Smiths from Ednam go?An attempt to explore the lineage of the 2 Smith families baptised in Ednam from 1790 to 1819. Family 1 -The possible great grandparents of William Smith (1801-1882) the great grandfather of Eric Smith (author), were Andrew Smith and Isabel Davidson - they had 8 children baptised in Ednam. Family 2 - Thomas Smith (baptised 1766 in Ednam) married Janet Waddle from Stichill, had 13 children mostly baptised in Ednam. 2 William Smiths of note from Family 1 ended up in Edinburgh and Australia. in the 1800s, The tracing of 34 children in 3 generations of Smiths is a challenge.3 pages or more 107Margaret Smith Eric Smith 
James Thomson - A Man for all SeasonsAn account of the life and works of Border poet, James Thomson.5 pages or more 87Norrie McLeish 
Gallipoli and Hill 70 LoosSome notes on an exhibition on Gallipoli staged by the Society with background; also notes on the centenary of the Battle of Loos and service of commemoration at Edrom Church2 pages or more 89 

Map of Ednam 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 Ednam 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 Ednam monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): ROBERTSON (13), SCOTT (12), WILSON (11), ANDERSON (9), SHIEL (7), PATERSON (7), DOUGLAS (7), THOMSON (6), PURVES (6), YOUNG (6), BROWN (6), GRAHAM (5), BURN (5), CAMPBELL (5), SMITH (5), MITCHELL (5), FAIRBAIRN (4), SWAN (4), KINGHORN (4), LAIDLAW (4).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh



Ednam Village Website .
The Village Information Website
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
A description of the parish from The Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland,1868
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Ednam, Hendersyde, Edenmouth, Springhall, Sharpitlaw,Fannyhill, Sydenham, Brewery House, West Mill, Newtonlees, Kaimflat, Houndridge, Harpertoun, Highridgehall, New Edmonston, Cliftonhill.

1851 census: Ednam, Newtonlees, Kaimflat, Houndridge, Harpertown, Highridgehall, New Edmonston, Cliftonhill, Red House, Sydenham, Check Toll, Ferneyhill, Hendersyde, Springhall, Banff Mill, Edenmouth.

1861 census: Sydenham, Hendersyde, Ferneyhill, Check Toll, Sharpitlaw, Springhall, Newtonlees, Kaimflat, Harpertown, Highridgehall, New Edmonston, Cliftonhill, Houndridge.


The population has been recorded as follows:

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