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Yarrow Parish is situated in east Selkirkshire being bounded on the north by the Parishes of Traquair in Peeblesshire and Caddonfoot, on the east by the Parishes of Selkirk and Kirkhope, on the south by the Parish of Ettrick and the County of Dumfries and on the west by the Parishes of Tweedsmuir, Drumelzier, Lyne and Meggat, Manor and Peebles all in Peeblesshire. Yarrow is now part of a combined parish that includes Ettrick & Kirkhope

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1691 to 1854.

  • Marriage Records exist from 1691 to 1704 and from 1724 to 1824.
  • Death records exist from 1731 to 1732 and from 1759 to 1852.

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  • 1841 census Yarrow.
  • 1851 census Yarrow.
  • 1861 census Yarrow.
  • Yarrow Burials 1791 to 1837 by Nigel Hardie.
  • CD Yarrow Memorial Inscriptions by Selkirk Antiquarians - contains:
    • militia list
    • Yarrow School admission Register 1874
    • War Memorial transcription.
Yarrow Parish Church Yarrow Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

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
Know your Parish: YarrowA journey down through the Yarrow valley from top to bottom.1 page or more 32Audrey Mitchell 
An Elephantine trip to St Mary's LochGeorge Reavly in his history of Galashiels notes that fifty years ago not a gig could be got to hire. One of the largest trips that ever left Galashiels propelled by horse power. On the trip to St Mary's Loch.2 pages or more 22K. MsRae 
William Welsh - The Dowie Dens o' YarrowSome notes on William Welsh author of a book of poetry in 1838 and on the origins of the Ballad 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow'.1 page or more 81Ronald Morrison 
A History of the BrydonsFor some hundreds of years there have been Brydons in the Borders. From Gilston, Broadmeadows, and overseas.2 pages or more 7Mrs Joan Scott Stewart 
The mole catchers of LilliesleafThe story of a mole and rabbit catcher in the Lilliesleaf area.1 page or more 18Mrs S.J. Hodgkinson 
A Canadian ConnectionCopies of letters sent from Canada in 1864 - they make very interesting reading.2 pages or more 25Jenifer Payne 
Why couldn’t he have been called Ebenezer ?Article examining which John Little is the author's ancestor.4 pages or more 42Jessie Hislop 

Map of Yarrow 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 Yarrow monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): Scott (47), Anderson (22), Hogg (20), Laidlaw (18), Turnbull (16), Mitchell (16), Nichol (13), Little (12), Brown (12), Johnstone (12), Renwick (11), Brydon (10), Amos (10), Dalgleish (10), Goodfellow (9), Beattie (9), Baptie (9), Henderson (9), Douglas (8), Wilson (8).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland

Yarrow and Meggat Free Church (Ref CH3/1573)

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club

The Southern Annual


A list of surnames in Yarrow Churchyard recorded in the 1933 transcription by the Hawick Archaeological Society is set out by UK and Ireland Genealogy.
Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys website .
A history of Yarrow Church ; Hunter Boa's website.
RCHAMS website Scotland's Placescontains details of:

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Yarrow Peelburn Head, Peel, Ashisteel, Elybank, Howfoord, Birks, Shootenlees, St.Marys Cottage, Crosscleuch, Berrybush, Bowerhope, Adinhope, Altrive Lake, Craig Douglas, Dryhope, Craighope, Blackhouse, Muttonhall, Kirkstead, Gordon Inn, Mt.Benger, Sundhope, Sundhopehead, Sundhopeburn, Cutkerwood, Catslacknow, Yarrow Feu, Sandbed, Ladhope, Catslackburn, Whitehope, Whitefield, Hennel, Linfoot, East Deuchar, West Deuchar, Tinnis, Old Lewinshope, Lewinshope, Haningshaw, Yarrowford Village, Newbrough, Gilmanscleugh, Singly, Newhouse, Kirkhope, Ettrickbridge Village, Woodend, Nether Delorain Upper Delorain, Drycleughlee, Stenhopefoot, Shiringscleugh, East Redfordgreen, West Redfordgreen, Goldisgreen, Dodhead, Whitelshiell, Hydhope, Shaws, Helmburn, Howford, Fanns, Langhope, Lower Huntly, Whithillbrea, Cathaugh, Huntly, Huttlerburn, Fauldshope, Brockhill.

1851 census: Yarrow Peelburnhead, Ashisteel, Elibank, Old Howford, Eldinhope, Altrieve, Hart Leap, Berrybush, Crosscleugh, St.Marys Ct., Bourhop, Dryhop, Kirkstead, Mutton Hall, Craig Douglas, Whitehope, Whitefield, Catslackburn, Ladhope, Sundhope, Catslacknow Village, Cutkerwood, Mt.Benger, Birks, Hennel, Deuchar, Tinnis, Lewinshope, Old Lewinshope, Hangingshaw, Yarrowford Village, East Kershope, West Kershope, Hyndhope, Newburgh, Nether Deolraine, Over Deolraine, Stenhopefoot, Drycleuchlee, Sherengscleuch, Redfordgreen, Newousehouse, Kirkhope, Rabbit Hall, Singlee, Goldiesgreen, Gilmanscleuch, Inch, Shaws, Dodhead, Whithillshiel, Hillend, Ettrickbridge Village, Helmburn, Howford, Woodend, Brockhill, Fauldshope, Huntly, Hutlerburn, Cathaugh, Whithillbrae, Fanns, Langhope.

1861 census: Yarrow, Mountbenger, Craig of Douglas, Blackhouse, Muttonhall, Dryhope, Kirkstead, Bowehope, Crooscleugh, Berrybush, Hartleap ,Altrieve, Eldinhope, Gordon Arms, Scar Neuk, Catslackburn, Feus, Sandbed, The Plantain, Greenwells, Carleton, Sunny Bank, Town Head, Sundhope, Ladhope, Whitehope, Warrior's Rest, Hennel, Lewinshope, Glengaber, Yarowford Village, Haningshaw, Tinnis, Duchermill, Birks, East Kershope, West Kershope, Howford, Elibank, Ashiesteel, Peel.


The population has been recorded as follows:

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