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Roxburghshire map

The Parish of Hounam is situated on the English Border in the south east of Roxburghshire between the Parishes of Oxnam to the west, Eckford to the north and Morebattle to the east. Across the border to the south is the County of Northumberland.

Hownam along with Morebattle, Linton & Yetholm comprise the combined Cheviot Churches

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1698 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1703 to 1851.
Hounam Parish Church. Hounam Parish Church

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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
Know your Parish--MorebattleA history of Morebattle Parish and the surrounding area.1 page or more 18Elspeth Ewan 
Know your Parish--HounamThe history of Hounam.1 page or more 16 
Snowstorm in the CheviotsA young shepherd gets lost in the snow and is frozen to death. There's also a specification for shepherds boots.2 pages or more 69Jean Fleming 

Map of Hounam 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.
Use the control at the top left of the map to zoom in or out and drag the map left, right, up, or down as you wish.

Map of Hounam from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Use the control at the top left of the map to zoom in or out and drag the map left, right, up, or down as you wish.

20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Hounam and Linton monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): DOUGLAS (24), RUTHERFORD (22), HALL (22), TURNBULL (19), OLIVER (16), SCOTT (14), SMITH (11), BELL (10), DAVIDSON (10), WAKER (9), ROBSON (9), TELFER (9), ELLIOT (7), PURVES (6), TROTTER (6), HENDERSON (6), MURRAY (6), PRINGLE (5), ANDERSON (5), LEISHMAN (5).

Other Sources

The Scottish National Archives

Hounam Parish Church (Ref - CH2/666

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law Records

Hawick Archaeological Society

The Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Morebattle Website includes A history of Hownam Parish.
19th Century Description of the Parish.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Greenhill, Heatherhope, Mainside, Capehope, Thimblehall, Hounam Village, East Grange, West Grange, Boughtrig, Peelenick, Woodenstreet, Towford, Swinelaws, Nether Chatto, Over Chatto, Philogarhillhead, Beirhope, Whitton Townhead, Over Whitton, Heatherlands, Sharpelaw.

1851 census: Hownam, Philogarhillhead, Philogar, Over Chatto, Nether Chatto, Swinelaws, Streethouse, Boughtrigg, Preelanick, Greenhill, Mainside, Heatherhope, Sharplaw, Over Whitton, Burnhope Moor-house, Heatherlands, Chester House, Howgate, Hounam Mains, South Cote, East Grange, West Grange, Henderson's House.

1861 census: Hownam, Henderson's Knowe, Shepherd's Arms, Sharplaw Bridgend, Over Whitton, Beirhope, Muirhouse, Neatherlands, Chesterhouse, West Grange, East Grange, Howgate, South Cote, Nether Chatto, Philogar, Upper Chatto, Swinelaws, Towford, Streethouse, Boughtrig, Peelanick.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map