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Roxburghshire map

The Parish of Sprouston, which includes the village of Lempitlaw, is situated in east Roxburghshire on the border with England. The Parish of Ednam is to the north, the English county of Northumberland is on the East, the Parish of Linton is on the south and the Parishes of Eckford and Kelso are on the west.

The ecclesiastical Parish of Sprouston is now linked with Kelso Old Parish Church & the Kelso Country Churches ( Smailholm, Makerstoun, Nenthorn, Roxburgh & Stichill).

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1635 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1652 to 1785 and from 1845 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1633 to 1637.
Sprouston Parish Church  Sprouston 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
Two Stories of 19th Century Emigration to Australia and New Zealand - The Haliburtons of SproustonOrigins of the Haliburtons; William who had 12 children and their emigration to New Zealand.less than 1 page 12D.N. Haliburton 
The Trotters of Sprouston and Hadden - Part 1Absorbing account of the author's researches into her Trotter ancestry.7 pages or more 52Jenny Fairman 
The Trotters of Sprouston and Hadden - Part 2Absorbing account of the author's researches into her Trotter ancestry.5 pages or more 53Jenny Fairman 
Following in the Footsteps of Robert Redpath.The story of one man's journey to mine gold in Australia. There is reference to two diaries kept by other men on the voyage from Glasgow to Townsville, Queensland.3 pages or more 69Irene J Redpath 
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 Sprouston 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 Sprouston 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 Sprouston & Lempitlaw monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): TURNBULL (29), SCOTT (16), TROTTER (15), DAVIDSON (14), WALKER (14), THOMSON (13), BROWN (12), WILSON (12), ANDERSON (12), GIBSON (11), ROBERTSON (10), CAIRNS (10), BRUCE (10), GRAY (10), TULLY (10), AITCHISON (10), WRIGHT (10), FAIRBAIRN (9), MURRAY (9), RUTHERFORD (8).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sprouston Parish Church

Sprouston or Kelso East Free Church

The Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Bordernet contains information on the history of Sprouston and Lempitlaw.
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: Sprouston, Mellendean, Middlemostwalls, Easter Softlaw, Crookedhouse, Kersquarter, Boathouse, Bamfmill, Redden, Gateside, Kerchesters, Kerchester, Lempitlaw, East Field, Holefield, Mensless, Ark, Nottylees, Hadden, Pottsclose, Lurdenlaw, Muirhouse, Shank.

1851 census: Sprouston, Kersquarters, Mellendean, Windywalls, Middlemostwalls, Crookedhouse, Easter Softlaw, Boathouse, Bamff Mill, Redden, Gateside, Carhamburn, Kerchesters, Haddon, Redwalls, Pots Close, Eastfield, Holfield, Mensless, Nottylees, Carham, Old Lurdenlaw, Lurdenlaw, Lempitlaw, Shank, Greenhead.

1861 census: Sprouston, Boathouse, Mellendean, Windywalls, Middlemostwalls, Easter Soiftlaw, Crooked-House, Kers Quarter, Whitmuirhaigh, Bamff Mill, Redden, Gateside, Frierlaw,Kerchesters, Carhamburn, Carham Station, Nottylees, Haddon, Ark, Holefield, Eastfield, Pot's Close, Lempitlaw, Greenhead, Shank, Old Lourdenlaw, New Lourdenlaw.


The population has been recorded as follows;

Roxburghshire map