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Roxburghshire map

Kirkton is a moorland parish in south Roxburghshire. The Parishes of Teviothead and Hawick are to the west, The parish of Cavers is on the north, whilst on the east lies the Parish of Hobkirk and Castleton will be found to the south. Kirkton may have been known as Cavers Parva (Little Cavers) in medieval times. The ecclesiastical Parish of Kirkton has been combined with Cavers and they are know linked with Hawick Trinity

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1707 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1707 to 1844.
The parish church Kirkton 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
A quest for Scottish Roots in the Middle MarchesThis article was first printed in the Laidlaw Family Journal of October 1995 and has been reprinted in this issue.3 pages or more 31Kenneth Laidlaw 
William Elliot, ArchitectThe family history of William Elliot and descriptions of some of the fine house's he built.3 pages or more 15Kathleen Stewart 
The Life and Family of Dr. John LeydenEnthralling biography of the famous polymath (minister, surgeon, judge, linguist, poet and naturalist) who lived from 1775 to 1811.7 pages or more 45Marjory Gavin 
Hobkirk/HopkirkReport on research into the name Hobkirk/Hopkirk.less than 1 page 96Glenys Bollard 
Selkirk Migrants 1850--1865A list of emigrants from Selkirk to various parts home and abroad, from the diary of the minister of Selkirk Parish Kirk.2 pages or more 9Alison Scott 
The relationship of place names and personal namesThe relationship is two fold: (1) Place names derived from personal names, (2) Personal names derived or adopted from place names.1 page or more 21Jessie Macdonald 
The Ainslies--Some notesThe name Ainslie, from 1066 onwards, a full and detailed family history.1 page or more 8Violet Jardine 
Cavers & DistrictTalk given in February 2007 about the history of the kirk and parish of Cavers, and its links with Melrose, St Cuthbert, and other famous people.6 pages or more 64Jean Muir 
More Canadian Intimations in the 'Hawick Advertiser'Deaths (1863-1864) extracted from the "Hawick Advertiser" of people connected to the Borders, and other places in southern Scotland. Continued from issue 40.less than 1 page 43Marjory Gavin 

Map of Kirkton 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 Kirkton 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 Cavers & Kirkton (including Denholm) monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (94), TURNBULL (52), OLIVER (36), MURRAY (31), LITTLE (27), DOUGLAS (24), ELLIOT (23), DAVIDSON (20), WILSON (20), ANDERSON (18), YOUNG (17), ARMSTRONG (17), THOMSON (16), SMITH (16), BELL (15), HENDERSON (14), LAIDLAW (13), TAIT (12), BROWN (12), AMOS (12).

Other Sources

Hawick Archaeological Society


Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Acreknowe, Adderstonelees, Adderstoneshiels, Barns, Birkwoodfoot, Coggsmill, Dodburn, East Middle, Effledge, Gripknowe, Haircleughhead, High Tofts, Horselie, Kirktown, Nether Tofts, Newmill, Smithfieldhaugh, Turn, Whitehillbrae, Whitriggs, Winningtonrigg.

1851 census: Acreknowe, Adderstonlee, Aderstonshiels, Barns, Birkwoodfoot, Cogsmill, Dodburn, East Middle, Effledge, High Tofts, Horselee, Kirktown, Lightpipe, Nether Tofts, Newmill, Smithfieldhaugh, Stobs Black Gate, Stobs Green Gate. , Turn, West Middle, Whitehillbrae, Whitriggs, Winningtonrigg.

1861 census: Acreknow, Adderstoneshiels, Barns, Birkwood, Coggsmill, Dodburn, East Middle, Harecleugh Head, Horselee, Kirkhope, Lightpipe, Nether Tofts, Newmill, Smithfieldhaugh, Stobs Black Gate, Stobs Woodfoot. , Turn Winnington Rigg, West Middle, Whitehillbrae, Whitriggs.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map