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

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1691 to 1854.
Marriage Records from 1648 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1719 to 1776 and from 1780 to 1854.

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1841 census Greenlaw.
1851 census Greenlaw.
1861 census Greenlaw.
Greenlaw Burials 1780-1854 by Nigel Hardie.
Greenlaw Memorial Inscriptions transcribed by Carol Trotter (including poll tax, militia list, transcription of War Memorial and list of ministers) was published by the Society in 1996.
Unfortunately this is currently out of print.

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Greenlaw Parish Church Greenlaw Parish Church

Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Greenlaw Memorial Transcriptions as above.
Pre 1855 Memorial inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
List of Elders, Deacons and Church Officers of Greenlaw Free Church 1885.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G.A.C. Binnie.
C.D. 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.
C.D. Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.

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
Death in the Borders: 19th Century Border Murder CasesThis is the review of a book by Norrie McLeish, 'Border Murder Cases' with a great deal of research that has gone into this volume. Gypsies, landlords, and farm workers.2 pages or more 30Norrie McLeish .(Review by Hugh K. Mackay) 
The poor, crime and punishment,and the power of the Kirk in the Borders, 17th & 18th CenturiesWhen paupers died, the contents of their houses were sold by public roup. This is an account of one sale and the strength of the Kirk.2 pages or more 31M. C. Lawson 
Greenlaw JailList of prisoners in Greenlaw Jail in the 1851 census.1 page or more 35Carol Trotter 
Greenlaw - an Ancient County TownSome notes on the book 'Greenlaw - an Ancient County Town' by James Denham.less than 1 page 89 
Poor Relief in the 1840sA review of the operation of the poor relief in the early 19th century. It includes the size of the allowances paid and an estimate of the cost of living at the time.4 pages or more 71Peter Munro 

Map of Greenlaw 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 Greenlaw 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 Greenlaw monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): WILSON (20), BROWN (18), HUNTER (16), WATSON (15), HENDERSON (14), HUME (14), SCOTT (14), SMITH (13), PURVES (13), TURNBULL (12), THOMSON (12), ROBERTSON (12), YOUNG (11), MILLER (11), REDPATH (11), PRINGLE (10), NISBET (10), FAIRBAIRN (10), ARMSTRONG (10), FRATER (10).

Other Records;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick hold the following records;

The Scottish National Archives Edinburgh hold the following records;

Greenlaw Parish Church;

Greenlaw Free Church;

Greenlaw United Associate Congregation;

also the following Maps:

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


Greenlaw Roll of Honour

Greenlaw Town Hall Website

First Statistical Account by the Rev. Mr. William Simson (click "browse scanned pages" and insert Parish name).

Second Statistical Account by the Rev. Abraham Home (click "browse scanned pages" and insert 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 in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Greenlaw, Crook Inn, Crumrigg, Rowchester, Howlaws, Gordonbank, Fairhill, Howlawrigg, Foulshotlaw, Old Greenlaw, Catmoss, Westerraw, Eastfield, Slegden, Lintmill, Rowieston, Angelraw, Cowridge, Lambden, Elwartlaw, Castle Mill, Claydub, Whitside, Flourishwalls, Polwarth Woodheads, Mossend, Beadshill, Milknow, Hardlaw, Todelhouse, Halyburton, Cralaw, Broomhill, Woodend, Greenlawden.
1851 census: Greenlaw, Waulk Mill, Toad Holes, Green, Whiteside, Greenlawdean, Broomhill, Crawely, Hallyburton, Hardlaw, Bedshiel, Woodheads, Flourishwalls, Slegden, Eastfield, Castle Mill, Elwartlaw, Lint Mill, Rowieston, Angelraw, Crumrigg, Rowchester, Cowrigg, Lambden, Old Lambden, Wester Howlaws, East Howlaws, Fairhill, Gordonbank, Howlawrigg, Fowlshotlaw, Catmoss.
1861 census: Greenlaw, Toad Holes, Castle Mill, Lintmill, Ewartlaw, Crumrigg, Angelrow, Rowieston, Lamden, Cowrigg, Rowchester, Gordon Bank, East Howlaws, West Howlaws, Catmoss, Foulshotlaw, East Howlaws, Eastfield, Slegden,Woodheads, Flourishwalls, Bedshiel, Hurdlaw, Toddlehouse, Hallyburton, Broomhill, Greenlawdean, Marchmont, Whiteside.


The population has been recorded as follows: 1755 - 895, 1785 - 1210, 1801 - 1270, 1811 - 1260, 1821 - 1349, 1831 - 1442, 1841 - 1355, 1851 - 1378, 1861 - 1370, 1871 - 1381, 1901 - 1014.