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Mertoun is the south eastmost Parish in Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the Parish of Earlston, on the east by the Parishes of Smailholm and Makerstoun, on the south by the Parish of Maxton and on the west by the Parishes of Maxton and Melrose.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1729 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1737 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1764 to 1854.

Sales List;

1841 census Mertoun.
1851 census Mertoun.
1861 census Mertoun.
Mertoun Memorial Inscription Vol.2 Berwickshire transcribed by Elspeth Ewan 1995 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List, list of ministers and War Memorial transcription).

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Mertoun Parish Church Mertoun Parish Church

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.
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. Couples Watches Set
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.

Magazine Articles;

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Map of Mertoun from Quarter-inch to the mile, Scotland, 1921-1923 or One-inch to the mile, Popular edition, Scotland, 1920-1930
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 Mertoun monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (12), THOMSON (9), HENDERSON (8), BROWN (7), HALL (6), MILLS (6), REDPATH (6), STEWART (6), DICKSON (6), BLACKADDER (6), ANDERSON (5), BALLANTYNE (5), LAWRIE (5), BAILLIE (4), DODDS (4), WOOD (4), TURNBULL (4), HOOD (4), KERR (4), HISLOP (4).

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

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh hold the following records;

Mertoun Parish Church;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


St. Boswells Village Site contains a history of Mertoun.

Parish Map.

First Statistical Account by the Rev. Mr. James Duncan. (click "browse scanned paged" and enter Parish name).

Second Statistical Account by the Rev. James Duncan (click "browse scanned pages" and enter 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: Mertoun, Dryburgh, Blue Houses, Wallace Lodge, Bemerside, Gladeswood, Whitrigbogg, Brotherstone, Third, Holydeanmill, Spadslee, Broomhall, Clinthill, Clint Mains, Maidenhall, Danderhall, Butchercote, Boghall, Whitehouse,Newstead, Bellshill, Millfield, Dalcove Mains, Dalcove, Magdalen Hall.
1851 census: Mertoun, Dryburgh, Bemersyde, Wallace Lodge, Gladswood, Hallidean Mill, Spadslee, Buchercote, Third, Brotherstone, Whitrigbog, Whitridgehill, Blue Houses, Clinthill, Clintmains, Broomhall, Greendykes, Magdalene Hall, Maiden Hall, Danderhall, Boghall, Whitehouse, Newstead, Bells Hill, Dalcove, Millfield, Whitehouse.
1861 census: Mertoun, Bemersyde, Dryburgh, Hollydean Mill, Gladswood, Spadislee, Third, Brotherston, Whitrigbog, Redhouses, Cllinthill, Mertoun Mill, Clintmains, Broomhall, Greendikes, Magdalenhall, Bellshill, Danderhall, Boghall, Maidenhall, Dalcove, Newstead, Whitehouse, Butchercote, Millfield.


The population has been recorded as follows: 1755 - 502, 1791 -557, 1801 - 535, 1811 - 614, 1821 - 640, 1831 - 664, 1841 - 722, 1851 - 692, 1861 - 730.