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Westruther

Berwickshire map

Westruther lies in southern slopes of the Lammermuir Hills in western Berwickshire being bounded on the north by the Parish of Longformacus, on the east by the Parishes of Longformacus, Greenlaw and Gordon, on the south by the Parishes of Gordon and Legerwood and on the east by the Parish of Lauder.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1657 to 1854.
Marriage Records from 1658 to 1854.
There are no death records.

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1841 census Westruther.
1851 census Westruther.
1861 census Westruther.
Gordon, Nenthorn and Westruther Memorial Inscriptions edited by Elspeth Ewan 1999 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List, List of Ministers and transcription of the War Memorial).

Westruther Parish Church Westruther Parish Church

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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.
CD 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.
CD 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
Lady Jane Scott-SpottiswoodeReference to a pamphlet 'Souvenir of Sympathy' donated to the Society relating to the funeral of Lady Jane Scott-Spottiswoode.1 page or more 95Ronald Morrison 
The Gladstones-A studyThis is a brief outline of the Gladstone family here in the Borders and as far away as Edinburgh, and Norwich.3 pages or more 35G.M.S. Lauder-frost 



Map of Westruther 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 Gordon, Nenthorn, & Westruther monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): HENDERSON (51), SCOTT (33), WOOD (24), ROBERTSON (22), MCDOUGAL (22), WILSON (22), PURVES (20), ALLAN (19), HOGARTH (19), BROWN (18), MURRAY (18), GIBSON (18), ANDERSON (17), WALDIE (17), JOHNSTON (17), HUNTER (17), PRINGLE (17), TROTTER (16), HAY (16), SMITH (16).

Other Sources;

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

The National Archives of Scotland hold the following records;

Westruther Parish Church;

Westruther Free Church;

Websites;

Berwickshire Community Site contains information on the history of Westruther.

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland compiled initially between 1791 and 1799, with a subsequent edition between 1834 and 1845 are a valuable record of the geography, history, economy, people and customs recorded by local ministers. You'll need to search for the parish name.

A vision of Britain through Time contains a history of and general information on Westruther.

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;
Farm Horse tax 1797-1798.
Medical Officers 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: Westruther, Westertown, Broomybank, Hayfield, Thornidyke, Thornidyke Mains, Jordanlaw, Cowstrand, Easter Town, Ferneyknowe, Wedderlie, Ivelaw, Harelaw, Hindberry, Pyetshaw, Gateside, Spottiswoode, Bruntiburn Mill, Bruntyburn, Raecleugh, Flass, Woodheads, Red Hall, Houndslow, Hyndesidehill, Whiteburn, Browns Hall, Bassendean.
1851 census: Westruther, Westertown, Broomybank, Hayfield, Thornidyke, Thornidyke Mains, Jordanlaw, Cowstrand. Easter Town, Ferneyknowe, Wedderlie, Ivelaw, Harelaw, Hindberry, Pyetshaw, Gateside, Spottiswoode, Bruntiburn Mill, Bruntyburn, Raecleugh, Flass, Woodheads, Red Hall, Houndslow, Hyndesidehill, Whiteburn, Browns Hall, Bassendean.
1861 census: Westruther, Westertown, Jordanlaw, Thornidykemains, Thornidyke, Whiteburn, Pyetshaw, Gateside, Bruntiburn Mill, Spottiswoode, Raecleugh, Bruntiburn, Flass, Wedderlie, Evelaw, Whitehill, Whiteknows, Greenlees, Cowstrand, Houndslow, Bassendean, Broomiebank, Eagle Lodge, Hindsidehill, Brown's Hall, Harelaw, Cammerlaws, Whitehall, Hayfield.

Population;

The population has been recorded as follows: 1755 - 591, 1783 - 685, 1791 -770, 1801 - 779, 1811 - 822, 1821 - 870, 1831 - 830, 1841 - 829, 1851 - 791, 1861 - 786.