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Fogo Parish is situated in south central Berwickshire being bounded in the north by the Parishes of Polwarth and Langton on the east by the Parish of Edrom on the south by the Parishes of Swinton and Eccles, and on the west by the Parish Greenlaw.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1660 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1660 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1831 to 1846.
Fogo Parish Church and Lych Gate. Fogo Parish Church and Lych Gate

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Memories of FogoRecollections of life in Fogo at the end of the 19th. and beginning of the 20th century.2 pages or more 93Kate Duncan Thomas 
Yorkie, the Gentle ShepherdNote about a tramp, known as Yorkie, as well as his picture on the cover.less than 1 page 52Carol Trotter 
East Berwickshire Names ListInformation on contents of recently published book ' Early Berwickshire Names List'.1 page or more 98Betty Snow 
The Berwickshire Leitchs Part 3A continuation of the Parts 1 and 2 of the Berwickshire Leitchs (Issues 105 and 106). Further investigating the possible older sons of James Leitch (1800-1880). Matthew was born in Fogo (b. 1851), moving to Greenlaw and then Clockmill, Duns with his parents, and then to High Street Langton marrying Elizabeth Calder and having 6 children. Later, he and brother David (the pharmacist) inherited the family home in Greenlaw, which they tried to let out. Matthew died in Longformacus, but his sons James and John continued as stone dykers, but James joined the Kings own Scottish Borderers and died in 1915 at Gallipoli. Son John stayed in Longformacus and his sons Matthew and Robert taking part in WW2. The tracing goes on trying to establish the history of Matthews older half brothers. The trail becomes complicated.2 pages or more 107Diana Leitch 
Earlston Air CrashAn appeal for further information following the crash of a German bomber near Earlston during WW2.less than 1 page 98Ronald Morrison 
A Tale of Two TapestriesThe author has conserved and framed 2 early 19th century on linen, made by 2 young girls in Berwickshire - Margaret Hastie - age 11 (Mrs Penman Preston School), and Joan Dodds Armstrong - age 10. The author describes the lineage of both the girls. Margaret hailed from Bunkle (baptised Duns 1847) one of 7 children of William Hastie (1813-1874) and Margaret Lauder (1813-1869), and at 13 was a farm labourer at Broomhouse Mains, Edrom, staying with 5 other siblings. Her parents were buried at Preston churchyard. Older Hastie family members gravestones are found here also, and the author has collated this information and discovered a link to her own family, the Leitchs. Joan stayed in Fogomuir, and was the 11th child of 13 of George Armstrong from Fogo (1788-1855), and Janet Haig from Langton or Greenlaw (1793-1858). In 1861 Joan was a table maid working in Edinburgh.4 pages or more 110Diana Leitch 
Brown's Self Interpreting Family BibleGeorge Brown of Horncliffe brought into the offices the very large Brown family bible. Lavishly illustrated, it also included Family Register page. A transcript of the text is presented. It includes members of the Robertson family from Alexander Robertson (b. 1829 in Simperon Mains) and his wife Margaret (b. 1825 in Swinton) through to Georgina Dickson Robertson and Mary Dickson Robertson born in 1871 in Monkerstones, Fogo. All names registered were from the Borders. Research has confirmed more of the family up to the George Brown who donated the bible.less than 1 page 110Editor 

Map of Fogo 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 Fogo 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 Fogo monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): ANDERSON (11), BROWN (9), PENNY (7), FAIRBAIRN (7), KERR (6), PURVES (6), ROBERTSON (6), TURNBULL (6), RAE (6), HAMILTON (5), WOOD (5), THOMSON (5), NISBET (5), CHISHOLM (5), JOHNSTON (5), HUNTER (5), PATTERSON (5), KINGHORN (4), OLIVER (4), HOME (4).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth Village Website
The RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Fogo, Caldra, Corbie Hall, Sisterpath Mill, Wauk Mill, Sisterpath, Chesters, Clerkinville, Cleughhead, Whinkerstone, Charterhall, Fogomuir, Fogorigg, Pilmuir, Riselaw, Harcarse, Bogend, Cairnsmill, Rashie.

1851 census: Fogo, Fogorig, Fogo Moor, Sisterpath, Chesters, Clerkinville, Cleughhead, Winkerstones, Charter Hall, Corby Hall, Caldra, Cairn's Mill, Bogend, Harcase, Riselaw, Pilmuir, Blackrow, Rashie.

1861 census: Fogo, Cairns Mill, Bogend, Harcase, Riselaw, Hunthall, Pilmuir, Fogo Rig, Caldra, Corbyhall, Sisterpath, Chesters, Waulk Mill, Sistreth, Charter Hall, Clerkinville, Cleughhead, Whinkerstone, Charterhall, Fogo Muir, Rashie.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map