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Roxburghshire map

The Parish of Morebattle is south east Roxburghshire on the border with England. The Parish of Hounam lies to the west, the Parishes of Eckford and Linton are on the north and Parish of Yetholm is to the north east. The boundary with the English County of Northumberland runs along the east and south of the parish.

Morebattlealong with Hounam, Linton & Yetholm comprise the combined Cheviot Churches

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1726 to 1855.
  • Marriages: 1726 to 1843.
  • Deaths: 1727 to 1736.
Morebattle Parish Church Morebattle 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
Morebattle St Lawrence Church Death RegisterTranscription of the death register (1848-1862) from Morebattle St Lawrence Church.2 pages or more 49Transcribed by Jean Sanderson 
Know your Parish--HounamThe history of Hounam.1 page or more 16 
George Hope 1814-1884The story of George Hope 1814-1884 born in Morebattle who with his family emigrated to Australia, their struggles and achievements in Australia including their experiences of the 'Goldrush' and an account of their return visit to Morebattle 38 years later.4 pages or more 85Alistair Hope 
Know your Parish--MorebattleA history of Morebattle Parish and the surrounding area.1 page or more 18Elspeth Ewan 
More GladstonesMore history of the Gladstones covers a family from Kirk Yetholm and their emigration to Australia and New Zealand. It lists many descendants from this family.1 page or more 37Warren A. Spence 
Sister Elizabeth TullySome notes on the book, 'A Nurse at the Front' being effectively the transcript of a Diary kept by a WW1 nurse, Sister Edith Appleton.less than 1 page 97 

Map of Morebattle 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 Morebattle 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 Morebattle monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (40), YOUNG (19), FOX (16), WILSON (15), DOUGLAS (12), LAIDLAW (11), THOMSON (11), CRAIG (11), BURNS (10), PRINGLE (10), TURNBULL (9), OLIVER (8), PATERSON (8), BELL (7), OVENS (7), RICHARDSON (7), CULBERTSON (7), DAVIDSON (7), ELLIOT (7), DARLING (6).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

Poor Law

The Scottish Archives

Morebattle (Gateshaw) United Presbyterian Church (Ref - CH3/520).

Morebattle Free Church (Ref - CH3/526).

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club

The Southern Annual


A history of Morebattle .
Village Website .
A nineteenth century account of Morebattle Parish .
A detailed description of the Morebattle Parish Church of St. Lawrence .
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: Morebattle Tofts, Cowbog, Otterburn, Whitton, Gateshaw, Heavyside, Wideopen, Crooked shaws, Woodside, Seefew, Deans Mill, Primside, Lochside, Broomie Know, Dykeside, Attonburn, Blakeden, Sourhope, Shilgreen, Clifton, Curburn, Cocklawfoot, Kelsocleugh, Calroust, Mowhaugh, Belford, Clliftoncote, Swindon.

1851 census: Morebattle, Whitton, Otterburn, Cowbog Tollhouse, Cowbog, Seefew, Heavyside, Gateshaw, Corbit, Grubit, Wideopen, Crookedshaws, Folly, Woodside, Deans Mill, Broomyknow, Lochside, Foumerdean, Primside, Dyke's Side, Primside Mill, Clifton, Curburn, Auchope, Shilgreen, Blaydon, Autonburn, Attonburn, Clifton Cote, Belford, Ha'burn, Belford Mill, Mowhaugh, Calroust, Calrousthopehead, Kelsocleugh, Cocklawfoot, Sourhope, Swindean, Mowhaugh.

1861 census: Morebattle, Morebattletofts, Morebattlemains, Shielstock Braes, Whitton, Otterburn, Cowbog, Grubbit, Gateshaw, Heavyside, Broomyknowe, Lochside, Woodside, Fumerdean, Primside, Dykeside, Cliftoncote, Attonburn, Blakedean, Sourhope, Auchope Shillgreen, Belford, Hawburn, Mowhaugh, Calroust, Kelsocleugh, Cocklawfoot, Swindon.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map