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Lilliesleaf Parish is situated in the north east of the County of Roxburgh being bounded on the north by the Parish of Bowden, on the east by the Parish of Ancrum, on the south by the Parishes of Minto and Wilton and on the west by the Parishes of Ashkirk and Selkirk. Lilliesleaf, along with Ancrum, Crailing and Eckford, is now part of the Ale & Teviot United parish.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1753 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1817 to 1854.

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  • 1841 census Lilliesleaf.
  • 1851 census Lilliesleaf.
  • 1861 census Lilliesleaf.

Gravestone inscriptions in Lilliesleaf Churchyard have been transcribed but not yet published.

Lilliesleaf Parish Church Lilliesleaf 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
Station Masters of BelsesA summary of a presentation by Mrs V. Brittain about Belses station (opened 1849) and the station master Hugh Harvey. A collection of station records from the 1880s were found.1 page or more 15Jed Squirrel 
Voices from Lilliesleaf by Ian McDougallReview of a book ' Voices from Lilliesleaf' by Ian MacDougall.1 page or more 90 
Old LilliesleafReminiscences and photographs of life in Lilliesleaf.1 page or more 92Esther Davies 
A Tour through the BordersA poem submitted by the author with other records relating to Lilliesleaf.1 page or more 94Esther Davis 
Old Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and MidlemInformation on a book containing old photographs relating to Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and Midlem.less than 1 page 98 
Cousins MeetTwo distant cousins Esther Davies (the author) and Debra McConkey of Louisiana, USA, met up in 2017 and 2018, as result of the connections through membership of the Borders Family History Society. Also, the authors maiden name of Anderson brought up in Lilliesleaf, lead to the discovery of another cousin in Edinburgh (a new member Jim Dick from 2019) with roots from the Dick family in Lilliesleaf.less than 1 page 107Esther Davies 
The Adamant McIntoshesAn account of the memorable and delayed journey of the barque "Adamant" from Gravesend, Kent to New Zealand in July 1875. Travellers included Thomas Sinclair McIntosh (1821-99 - Dunkeld, Perthshire, but possibly Lilliesleaf), who married Mary Murray (1821-1909) in Langholm, and had their 10 children in Denholm, several of which also sailed to New Zealand. Some children remained in the Borders, and in turn had children - they are listed as living in Galashiels, Southdean, Lindean, Eckford, with children. Henry Ker (joiner 24) and wife Janet of Roxburghshire also travelled on the Adamant in 1875, after their marriage in Glasgow a month earlier.2 pages or more 109Editor 
Border-Line Experiences of a Canadian ResearcherThe Ainslie born in Lilliesleaf and how a trip from Canada to research the family ended in a book.2 pages or more 10Robert L. Morden 
Ainslies of Dolphinston to Manitoulin IslandExcellent article on the author's Ainslie forebears from Ancrum and Lilliesleaf to their arrival and life in Canada.4 pages or more 20Robert L P Morden 
An Unexpected HomecomingAn Englishman migrates to the Borders when Riddell House changes hands. He marries a local lass with links to Innerleithen.2 pages or more 71David Rudram 

Map of Lilliesleaf 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 Lilliesleaf from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Lilliesleaf Parish Church (Ref - CH2/241


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
The Village School
RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Lilliesleaf, Linthill, Hillhead, Bewliehill, Bewlie, Greenhouse, Wellrig, Raperlaw, Netheraw, Childknowe, Craggs, Chapel, Riddell, Newhouse, Dunstone Height, Hermiston, Bewlie Muir, Cotfield, Harelaw,Catshawhill, Firth, Easter Middles, Wester Middles, Loan, Riddell Mill, Boose Mill, Greatlaws, Clarklands, Nag House, Ridde Shiel, West Riddel, Friershaw, New Jerusalem.

1851 census: Lilliesleaf, Easter Lilliesleaf, Hillhead, Netheraw, Raplaw, Wallrig, Greenhouse, Bewlie Mains, Bewlie, Bewliehill, Chapel, Linthill, Dunstonheight, Hermiston, Satchills, Chapel Moor, Cotfield, Harlaw, Catshawhill, Firth, Middles, Loan, Easter Middles, Dunston, Riddell Mill, Newhouse, Riddell, Boosemill, Greatlaws, Clarklands, West Riddell, Fairshaw.

1861 census: Lilliesleaf, Easter Lilliesleaf, Linthill, Bewliehill, Sparrowhall, Bewlie, Bewlie Mains, Hillhead, Craggs, Childknowe, Netheraw, Raerlaw, Wellrig, Greenhouse, Newhouse, Dunstonheigh, Hermiston, Satchells, Chaple Muir, Bewlie Muir, Cotfield, Harlaw, Cashawhill, Firth, Wester Middles, Easter Middles, Fairshaw, West Riddell, Clerklands, Greatlaws, Boosmill, Dunston.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map