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Linton is a small Parish in east Roxburghshire on the English border. The Parish of Eckford lies to the west, the Parish of Sprouston lies to the north, the English County of Northumberland is on the east and the Parishes of Yetholm and Morebattle are to the south.

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

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1732 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1818 to 1854.
Linton Parish Church Linton Parish Church

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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 
John Keddie LintonAn enquiry regarding John Keddie Linton killed in action during World War 1.1 page or more 86Mrs Dee Brook 
Life in Linton with William Pringle's FamilyAbsorbing account of William Pringle, his children, and his grandson, Thomas Pringle, the 'Poet of South Africa'.4 pages or more 20Barbara E. Turner 
'A Lamentable Accident'A description collated from the local press from December 1881 of the death of Michael Queenan (from Frogden, and father of 5 children) as result of an accident near Frogden on the way home in a spring cart being driven home by brother-in-law James Corcoran (toll collector at Cowbog Toll), from St Marys Church Kelso. The funeral was in Linton churchyard. James was sent to prison, but released on bail 13 January 1882, and was found not guilty of homicide February 1882. The parents of the deceased originally came from Sligo, Ireland. There is a further investigation into the Queenans all over the Borders and the other children of Michael and Catherine Queenan, including Betsy who had married the aforementioned James Corcoran.3 pages or more 104Cyril Corcoran 
Jerdan Family HistoryThe family history of the Jerdans, who they married, and where they lived in the Borders.2 pages or more 34Fred Kennington 
Thomas Pringle, Writer, Poet and Anti-Slavery CampaignerAn account of the life of Thomas Pringle born at Linton in 1789 who went on to become a respected poet and close acquaintance of Sir Walter Scott. He later emigrated to South Africa where he experiences many travails. The article recounts these experiences and how the family overcame many difficulties as early settlers. He founded a school and wrote a book on the state of the English settlers. He became a noted campaigner for human rights and came to be known as "the father of South African Poetry"9 pages or more 82Marjorie Gavin 

Map of Linton 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 Linton 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 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

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


A summary of the history Linton
The Linton Worm The legend of the Sommervilles and the Linton Worm.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
The RCHAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Fallside, Old Gradnen, Place Graden, Hoselawhill, Howeslawbank, Hoselawmains, Clinkhimin, Joy, Easterstead, Linton Villag,e Crookhouse, Clifton Park, Dryburn, Frogden, Greenlees, Bankhead, Linton Burnfoot.

1851 census: Burnfoot, Linton Mill, Frogden, Greenlees, Bankhead, Clifton Park, Crookhouse, Fallside, Old Graden, Hoselaw Mains, Clinkhimin, Bricksheds, Hoselaw Bank, Graden, Poy, Graden Muir, Blakelaw.

1861 census: Clifton Park, Crookhouse, Burnfoot, Frogden, Greenlees, Bankhead, Dryburn, Blakelaw, Muirhouse, Joy, Place Graden, Hoselaw, Clikhimin, Bricksheds.


The population has been recorded as follows:

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