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Although an ancient Parish in its own right the Parish was reformed in 1852 when it was disjoined from the Parish of Yarrow. It is once more combined with Yarrow as part of a combined parish that also includes Ettrick. The present Parish in the County of Selkirk is bounded on the north-west by the Parish of Yarrow on the north east by the Parish of Selkirk, on the east by the Parish of Ashkirk in Roxburghshire, on the south-east by the Parish of Roberton and on the south-west by the Parish of Ettrick.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1852 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1851 to 1854.

Earlier records relating to births, marriages and deaths will be found in the Parish of Yarrow.

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  • 1861 census Kirkhope.
  • CD-ROM Kirkhope Monumental Inscriptions recorded by Selkirk Antiquarians - includes:
    • Regulations for use of the Hearse
    • War Memorial transcription
    • Ettrick Bridge Roll of Honour
    • School Register 1876 to 1880
    • Kirkhope teachers from 1873
    • School Board and Log Book
    • Ettrick and Yarrow Militia Lists

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Kirkhope Parish Church Kirkhope Parish Church

Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

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 Policeman's LotArticle on the lie of Alexander Linton born in 1829 at Kirkhope who became a river bailiff and later a policemen in Caithness. Requirements for admission to the police force and some general background regarding a policeman's lot. Letter he returned to the Borders and had various positions; as a factory night watchman, as a stone dyke builder and was still employed as a stonebreaker at age 71.3 pages or more 79Charles Borthwick 
Ettrickbridge SamplerA sampler embroidered in 1879 in Ettrick Bridge, somehow finding its way to Canada and returned to the local school, Kirkhope Primary.1 page or more 86 

Map of Kirkhope 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 Kirkhope 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 Kirkhope monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (22), MITCHELL (20), TURNBULL (13), NICHOL (9), BROWN (9), DAVIDSON (8), ANDERSON (8), KENNEDY (6), LITTLE (6), WILSON (6), JOHNSTONE (5), GRIEVE (5), SMITH (5), BLYTH (5), THOMSON (5), MURRAY (4), MABEN (4), DONALDSON (4), BOSTON (4), SYMINGTON (4).

Other sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Parish Records

Medical Records

Lieutenancy Records

Militia and Military Records

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club article;


Ettrick and Yarrow Valley Website contains a history of the area.
RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1861 Census; Redfordgreen, Shirenscleuch, Drycleuchlee, Whithillsheil, Dodhead, North Glidesgreen, East Glidesgreen West Glidesgreen, Longhope, Fanns, Outerhuntly, Ladyside, Stenhopefoot, East Deloraine West Deloraine, Gilmanscleuch, Singlee, Kirkhope, Shaws, Hyndhope, Ettrickbridge Village, Brockhill, Woodend, Fauldshope, Hutlerburn, Whithillbrae, Howford, Helmburn, Cathaugh.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Selkirkshire map