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Roxburgh Parish is situated towards the north east of the County of the same name and is bounded on the north-west by the Parish of Makerstoun on the north-east by the Parish of Kelso, on the south by the Parishes of Eckford and Crailing and and on the west by the Parishes of Ancrum and Maxton. The parish includes the village of Heiton and the manor of Fairnington.

Once a royal burgh; in the Middle Ages it rivalled Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, or Berwick-upon-Tweed in importance and as as royal residence of David I it could have been considered the Capital of Scotland. It occupies an easily defensible site between the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and remains of the Roxburgh Castle can still be seen on a mound opposite Floors Castle. This part of the medeival parish of Roxburgh is now incorporated into the Parish of Kelso.

Roxburgh is now one of the Kelso Country Churches - the others are Makerstoun, Nenthorn, Smailholm & Stichill - which is linked with Kelso Old Parish Church & Sprouston.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1624 to 1760, 1702 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1654 to 1794, 1801, 1826, 1849 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1783 to 1812, 1854.
Roxburgh Parish Church. Roxburgh Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Letters of Slains 1569 - A family puzzleAn intriguing tale of death and complaint in 1569.2 pages or more 12Jean Smithers 
Roxburgh Police Instruction BookBook review. Author: William Everitt (Chief Constable of Roxburgh County). "Orders Regulations and Instructions framed and issued for the government of the Roxburgh County Police". 1858. The reviewer lifts instructions from the book describing the law, but also some insight into Borders life at that time.1 page or more 108Ronald Morrison 
Local TS Royal Edward KOSB casualtiesA list of KOSB casualties. (Additional names and places - William Hogg - Hawick. Also Dumfries and Galloway names - Archibald Strong - Johnstone, Francis Head Cameron - Whithorn, James Dickson + James Gordon - Kirkbean, James Kirkpatrick - Twynham, John McCaig - Port William, Joseph Hunter McMunnies - Tynwald, Joseph Melvin - Glasserton, Matthew Bryson Richardson - Lochmaben, John Telford + Robert Trodden - Annan.1 page or more 101Jared Squirrell 
Robeson descendants in Roxburghshire & BerwickshireAndrew Robeson was born in Kelso (1640), with 4 siblings Thomas, David, James and Janet, was a wool and linen merchant and a Quaker and was imprisoned in Duns and Edinburgh for that reason in the 1660s. He went to America, via Clonmel, Ireland and established the earliest township in Philadelphia, and called it Roxburgh.His grandson Thomas was heavily involved American Revolution in North Carolina, and Robeson County was named after him. Robesone, Robison, Robson and Robertson make tracing this family a challenge.1 page or more 102Editor 

Map of Roxburgh 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 Roxburgh 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 Roxburgh monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (21), HOPE (18), LAIDLAW (13), HENDERSON (13), HOGG (12), TURNBULL (12), KERR (10), ROBERTON (10), RICHARDSON (9), ROBSON (8), BROWN (8), BELL (8), JOHNSTONE (8), ARMSTRONG (7), HAY (7), TAIT (7), WALKER (7), GRAY (7), SMITH (7), RUTHERFORD (6).

Other sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Roxburgh Parish Church (Ref - CH2/314)

Roxburgh Friendly Society of Parochial and Burgh Schoolmasters


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Society


The Village Website.
The Heiton Village Website.
Floors Castle and Roxburghe Estate Site.
The ITV Channel 4 programme Time Team excavated Ancient Roxburgh in 2004
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: Pirnie-hall, Fairnington, Mossend, Newtown, Cairnmount, Stockstruther, Roxburgh Mains, Trows, Susanfield, Friars, Waterdykes, Over Roxburgh, Kersmains, Roxburgh Village, Farm of Barns, Sunlaws, Whithillfoot, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Heiton Village, Doghill, Highton East Mains.

1851 census: Fairnington, Barns, Kersmains, Trows, Red Stead, Waterdykes, Newton, Stockstruther, Cairn Mount, Friars, Doghill, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Heiton, Whitehillfoot, Sunlaws Hill, Over Roxburgh, Castle Innes, Moorhouse.

1861 census: Barony of Fairnington, Over Roxburgh, Kersmains, Barns, Friars, Trows, Newtown, Stockstruther, Heiton Village, Ladyrig, Craigrig, Doghill, Sunlaws, Whitehillfoot.


The population has been recorded as follows

Roxburghshire map

Local Pictures

 Roxburgh Castle
Roxburgh Castle

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