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Roxburghshire map

Makerstoun is a small Parish in north east Roxburghshire being bounded by the Parishes of: Smailholm on the north, Kelso on the east, Roxburgh on the south and Maxton and Mertoun in Berwickshire to the west. Makerstoun is now one of the Kelso Country Churches - the others are Nenthorn, Roxburgh, Smailholm & Stichill - which is linked with Kelso Old Parish Church & Sprouston.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1692 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1716 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1785 to 1805.
Makerstoun Parish Church Makerstoun 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
Rob of TrowsBorn at Birgham, Rob was a favourite with anglers of all classes, "peer and peasant alike". A boatman of great distinction on the Tweed.2 pages or more 18Mrs M. E. Mason 
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 
Sir Thomas Brisbane - His Link with the BordersFrom a request to Kelso Museum for details on Sir Thomas Brisbane. A history of Makerston and the City of Brisbane He was also a keen astronomer. Very interesting.2 pages or more 8Zilla Oddy 
Thistle and ShamrockA very well researched article on family history covering Rutherford, Brown, Atkin, and more. The Irish connection would make it very difficult.2 pages or more 9John L. Alton 
Rob of TrowsA very prince of a Tweed boatman. That was the description of Rob by Sir Robert Maxwell in his Book "The Story of the Tweed".2 pages or more 19 

Map of Makerstoun 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 Makerstoun 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 Makerstoun monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): WILSON (8), HAY MAKDOUGALL (6), SCOTT (6), FAIRBAIRN (5), OLIVER (5), MURRAY (5), GRAY (4), BROWN (3), RUTHERFORD (3), PATTERSON (3), LAWSON (3), PATERSON (3), JOHNSTON (3), THOMSON (3), SHEPHERD (2), CHISHOLM (2), FOSTER (2), DAVIDSON (2), JOHNSTONE (2), HENDERSON (2).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

Kelso Archives

The National Archives of Scotland Edinburgh

Makerstoun Parish Church (Ref - CH2/1320)

Makerstoun Free Church (Ref - CH3/159)


A Hay family Website - contains historical details and photographs 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: Dunfield, Manorhill, Greatridgehall, Alderstone, Charterhouse, Luntonlaw, Ettrickbraes, Haymount, Muirdean, Stodridge, Suckleridge.

1851 census: Dunfield, Manorhill, Greatridgehall, Charterhouse, Muirdean, Haymount, Luntonlaw, Ettrickbraes, Suckleridge, Stodridge.

1861 census: Muirdean, Luntonlaw, Haymount, Ettrickbraes, Manorhill, Charterhouse, Greatridgehall, Suckleridge, Stodridge.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map