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St Boswells (Lessudden)

Roxburghshire map

St. Boswells is a small Parish in north Roxburghshire which was once known as Lessudden. The administrative centre of Scottish Borders Council is situated in Newtown St Boswells. The Parish is bounded on the north by the Parishes of Melrose and Mertoun in Berwickshire, on the east by the Parish of Maxton, on the south by the Parish on Ancrum and on the west by the Parish of Bowden. St Boswells (and the more recent parish of Newtown St Boswells) is now linked with the combined parish of Maxton & Mertoun

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Marriages: 1697 to 1825, 1830 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1784 to 1854.
St. Boswells Parish Church St. Boswells Parish Church

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Map of St_boswells 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 St. Boswells (Lessudden) monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (37), THOMSON (32), BROWN (19), ROBERTSON (19), WHITE (16), SMITH (16), WILSON (14), COCHRANE (13), WOOD (13), RUTHERFORD (13), SIMPSON (13), GRAY (12), RICHARDSON (12), HOGARTH (11), ELLIOT (11), TURNBULL (11), DOUGLAS (11), PATON (11), BALLANTYNE (11), YOUNG (11).

Other sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland

St Boswells Parish Church (Ref - CH2/318)

St Boswells Free Church (Ref - CH3/823)

Newtown St. Boswells Associate Session Church (Ref - CH3/835)

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Society

The Southern Annual


The Village Website contains much information on the Parish including a detailed history.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
A short decription if the parish from the Gazetteer of Scotland, 1806, Edinburgh
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Placescontains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Lessudden, Bankhead, Mertoun Bridge Toll, Fens, Benrig, Crossflatt, Laretburn, Hilton, Arthurshiel, Charlesfield, Mainhill, Merwick, St. Boswells Green, The Holmes, Maxpoffle, Camiston, Northfield, Whinfield, Elliston, Thornilaw.

1851 census: Weirgate, Lessudden Village, Bankhead, Mertoun Toll Bridge, Fens, Benrigg, Crossflatt, Hiltonhill, Mainhill, Merrick, Holmes, Camieston, Maxpoffle, Elliston, Whinfield, Loanend, Thornielaw, Arthur Shiel, Charlesfield.

1861 census: Lessudden House, Bankhead, Mertoun Bridge Toll, Fens, Holmes House, Maxpoffle, Northfield, Whinfield, Ellistoun, Thornilaw, Aurthershiel, Charlesfield, Temple House, Benrig.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map

Local Pictures

 Crystal Well, near Benrig, St Boswells
Crystal Well, near Benrig, St Boswells

 Crystal Well, near Benrig, St Boswells
Crystal Well, near Benrig, St Boswells

 The Eildons and Tweed from Dryburgh
The Eildons and Tweed from Dryburgh (before 1951)

 The Tweed and Eildon Hills at Dryburgh
The Tweed and Eildon Hills at Dryburgh

 Eildons from Dryburgh
Eildons from Dryburgh

 On the Tweed, St Boswells
On the Tweed, St Boswells (before 1908)

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