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Polwarth is a centrally situated Parish in the County of Berwick being bounded on the north by the Parish of Langton, on the east by the Parish of Fogo, on the south by the Parish of Greenlaw and on the west by the Parishes of Longformacus and Langton.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1652 to1688 and from 1747 to 1854.
Marriage Records from 1652 to 1688 , 1748 to 1772 and from 1824 to 1853.
Death records exist from 1652 to 1688 and from 1748 to 1772.

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1841 census Polwarth.
1851 census Polwarth.
1861 census Polwarth.
Polwarth Memorial Inscriptions Vol.1 Berwickshire, edited by Elspeth Ewan 1995 (includes Hearth Tax and Poll Tax transcriptions, Militia List, list of Ministers and War Memorial transcription).
Polwarth Mortcloth Records 1755 to 1772 by Nigel Hardie.

Polwarth Parish Church Polwarth Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Pre 1855 Memorial inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G.A.C. Binnie.
CD The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by James Robson 1896.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
CD Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.
Historic Memoirs of Coldstream Abbey by W. B. Turnbull 1850 (contains Charters and early history of Polwarth).

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 forgotten village-Huguenot refugees at PolwarthThe story of the Huguenot refugees who landed at Berwick on Tweed and travelling inland alighted on this secluded spot to settle there, is known, perhaps only by their descendants.3 pages or more 6Colin Wood 
Know your Parish-PolwarthDescription of the village of Polwarth, its history, the inhabitants, and their occupations.1 page or more 28 
Polwarth on the GreenA history of Polwarth that was handed out by Colin Wood on the outing to Polwarth, Oct 1988.1 page or more 8Colin Wood 
Extracts from Dunse Barony RecordsExtracts from the author's book, Dunse Barony Records, in the 1760s.2 pages or more 68Ronald Morrison 

Map of Polwarth 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.
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.

Map of Polwarth 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 Polwarth monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): AITCHISON (8), JEFFREY (7), MOFFAT (7), ALLAN (6), HUME (6), VIRTUE (6), WATSON (6), JOHNSTON (5), LILLIE (5), NISBET (5), HUME-CAMPBELL (4), WINTER (4), JAFFRAY (4), DODS (4), HENDERSON (3), PURVES (3), MCDOUGAL (3), LAUDER (3), WILSON (3), WEBSTER (3).

Other Records;

The Scottish National Archives Edinburgh hold the following records;

Polwarth Parish Church;

also the following MAP;

Scottish Borders Archives and Family History Centre, The Hub Hawick hold the following records;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles

Dunse History Society holds the following;

The Southern Annual has published the following article;


A History of Marchmont House.

Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth Village Website

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland compiled initially between 1791 and 1799, with a subsequent edition between 1834 and 1845 are a valuable record of the geography, history, economy, people and customs recorded by local ministers. You'll need to search for the parish name.

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Farm Horse tax 1797-1798.
Medical Officer's of Health Reports 1891.
Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873. (available on C.D. in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 Census: Polwarth, Polwarth Mill, Polwarth Rhodes, Mount Robert, Charterdeanford, Cothill, Marchmont.
1851 Census: Polwarth, Polwarth Mill, Polwarth Rhodes, Mount Robert, Cothill, Charterford, Marchmont. 
1861 census: Polwarth, Polwarth Mill, Mount Robert, Murrlyrigg, Marchmont, Cothill.


The population has been recorded as follows:1755 - 251, 1793 - 288, 1801 - 291, 1811 - 307, 1821 - 298, 1831 - 288 1841 - 260, 1851 - 331, 1861 - 251 1881 - 222.