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Gordon is centrally situated in the County of Berwick being bounded on the north by the Parish of Greenlaw, on the east by the Parish of Hume, on the south by the Parish of Earlston and on the west by the Parishes of Legerwood and Westruther.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1652 to 1726 and from 1728 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist for the same periods.
Death Records exist from 1748 to 1753 and from 1784 to 1854.

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1841 census Gordon.
1851 census Gordon.
1861 census Gordon.
Gordon, Nenthorn and Westruther Memorial Inscriptions edited by Elspeth Ewan 1999 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List, List of Ministers and transcription of the War Memorial).
Gordon Deaths 1818-1854 by Nigel Hardie.

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Gordon Parish Church


Gordon 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.
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 History 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
Maxwellheugh Cottage - the biography of a houseA review of the families who had inhabited a house on the outskirts of Kelso.8 pages or more 73Isobel Gordon 
Memories of a Lost Border RailwayReview of the book Memories of across Border Railway by Bruce McCartney.less than 1 page 94Peter Munro 
George Stuart Henderson VC; DSO and bar; MCA commemorative flagstone is to be installed in Gordon where he was born. Born in 1893 of farmer Robert and Mary Henderson, he served with distinction with the Manchester Regiment throughout WW1. Funding for the flagstone is requested.less than 1 page 104Editor 
Commemorating George HendersonIn Issue 104 (Oct/2020) there was a brief report on Captain George Henderson VC DSO and Bar. Born in East Gordon (1983), he served in the Manchester Regiment, and was killed in action in Mesopotamia in 1920. Post COVID lockdowns there is now a stone memorial to him in Gordon unveiled in July 2021.less than 1 page 107Editor 
The battle of Otterburn 600th AnniversaryThe history of the battle of Otterburn and the families that took part, also, Walter Scott's version is different to that of the English version in The Chevy chase.2 pages or more 8Violet Jardine 
A Cockburn Family in Berwickshire and Its Descendants - The BookThe author's Cockburn family history - mostly recent.3 pages or more 24Andrew Cockburn 
Hogarth Family TreeNotes on a tree relating to the Hogarth family and dating back to the 17th. century donated to the Society.less than 1 page 93 
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 
Cranston-Pringle-SparkThe author traces her genealogy.1 page or more 94Muriel Hall 
Cranston Pringle Spark UpdateUpdate on the Cranston Pringle Spark family, including photographs.1 page or more 100Muriel Hall 
Soup Kitchen at Dunse 1832An account of the outbreak of cholera in 1832 and minutes of the Dunse Committee of Health setting up soup kitchens with names of those to whom vouchers were issued.3 pages or more 87Ronald Morrison 
Jethart JockA follow up to article in magazine no. 86 regarding the identity of Jethart Jock.1 page or more 91 
More Extracts from the Kelso Mail 1804Some birth extracts from the Kelso Mail in 1804.1 page or more 85 

Map of Gordon 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 Gordon 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 Gordon, Nenthorn, & Westruther monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): HENDERSON (51), SCOTT (33), WOOD (24), ROBERTSON (22), MCDOUGAL (22), WILSON (22), PURVES (20), ALLAN (19), HOGARTH (19), BROWN (18), MURRAY (18), GIBSON (18), ANDERSON (17), WALDIE (17), JOHNSTON (17), HUNTER (17), PRINGLE (17), TROTTER (16), HAY (16), SMITH (16).

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

The Scottish National Archives Edinburgh hold the following records;

Gordon Parish Church;

Gordon Free Church;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


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

Second Statistical Account by the Rev. James Paterson (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 CD in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Gordon, Rumbletonlaw, Rumbleton, Bellitaw, Middlethird, Hexpath, Max Mill, Mid Mill, Nether Mill, Byrewalls, Anchor Hill, Moors, West Mains, Braefoot, Fawside, Greenknow, Easter Huntlewood, Wester Huntlewood, Bents.
1851 census: Gordon, Mains, Gordon Moor, Hexpeth, Maxmill, Fawside, Greenknow, Huntlywood, Anchorhill, Gordon Mill, Mid Mill, East Gordon, Rumbletonlaw, Rumbleton, Bellataw, Middlethird, Byrewalls.
1861 census: Gordon, Huntlywood, Bents, Greenknowe, Little Ireland, Maxmill, Rumbleton Law, Rumbleton, Hexpath, Fawside, East Mains, Gordon Mill, Byrewalls, Anchorhill, Middlethird, Bellata.


The population has been recorded as follows:1755 - 737, 1791 - 912, 1801 - 802, 1811 - 851, 1821 - 740, 1831 - 882, 1841 - 903, 1851 - 983 1861 - 931.