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Peeblesshire map

Newlands parish is in the north of Peeblesshire on the border with Midlothian. It is bounded on the east by Eddleston. Kirkurd, Stobo and Lyne are to to the south and West Linton to the west. The church is on the banks of Lyne Water with few houses in the immediate vicinity. The present building was erected in 1838. The ruins of the original Saxon & Gothic church are close by. The parish war memorial is on the wall of the church. Drochil Castle, which dates from the late 16th century stands above the junction of Lyne Water and Tarth Water.

St Andrews, West Linton Church is a Church of Scotland congregation linked with the churches of Kirkurd and Newlands.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1661-1854 (Mothers' names are not recorded until about 1809)
  • Marriages: 1677-1790, 1838-1854
  • Deaths: 1699-1759
Newlands Old Parish Church Newlands Old Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Newlands Communion TokensBased on information from George Ainslie. A description and photographs of communion tokens from his collection from United Presbyterian Churches, Newlands parish.1 page or more 104Editor 
Two stories of 19th century emigration to Australia and New ZealandTwo stories from the 19th century of emigration to the New World; Andrew Rutherford and his family.less than 1 page 12Elsie Ahrens 

Map of Newlands 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.
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Map of Newlands from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub, Hawick

School Records

The National Archives of Scotland

Newlands kirk session records (Ref - CH2/543)

Newlands United Presbyterian Church records (Ref - CH3/373)

When an unpopular minister was settled in 1791, some parish members left the Established Church and obtained supply of sermon from the Relief Presbytery of Edinburgh and built a church in 1793.


Kirkurd and Newlands Church

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Bankhead, Bents, Blaircochrane, Blinkbonnie, Bogend, Boghouse, Bordlands, Cabbagehall, Callands, Coal Lodge, Cowdenburn, Damside, Dodhead, Dovecot, Drochill, Drochill Castle, East Deans, East Leadburn, Figland, Flemington Mill, Goldies Mill, Grange, Grassfield, Greenhead, Halmyre Deans, Hamilton Hall, Keltgreen, Lamancha, Lime kilns, Lint Mill, Linton Road End, Loanhead, Macbiehill, Madrissa, Mitchelhill, Mountain's Cross, Nether Callands, Nether Halmyre, New Kaimhouse, New Stevenston, Newlands, Newlands, Noble House, Noblehall, Old Kaimhouse, Old Stevenston, Parkend, Plewlands, Plewlands Mains, Romanno, Romanno Bank, Romanno Bridge, Roorinlees, Scotston, Scotston Bank, Scotston Entry Head, Scotston Park, Scotston Rig, Stony Knowe, Sunny side, Upper Halmyre, Waterside, West Deans, West Halmyre, West Leadburn, Whim House, Whitemuir, Whiteside, Woodend, Woodend.

1851 census: Bankhead, Bents, Bent's Quarry, Blaircochrane, Blinkbonnie, Blityth Bridge, Bogend, Boghouse, Borland, Borland Kaims, Callands, Cowdenburn, Damside, Deans, Dodhead, Dovecote, Drochill Castle, Easter Deans, Easter Leadburn, Fingland, Flemington Mill, Goldie's Mill, Grange, Grassfield, Greenhead, Hallmyre, Hamilton Hall, Kamhouse, Lamancha, Lamancha, Macbiehill, Mitchellhill, Mountain Cross, Murrayshall, Newlands, Noblehall, Noblehouse, Old Kaim, Old Smithy, Over Hallmyre, Park Neuk, Parkend, Plewland, Plewland Mains, Pond, Romanno Bridge, Romano, Roodineys, Scotston, Scotston Bank, Scotston Park Nuick., Scotston Rig, Stevenston, Stonyknowe, Sunnyside, Upper Drochill, Waterside, West Drochill, Wester Deans, Wester Deans, Wester Leadburn, Whim Fram, Whim Gate, Whim House, Whiteside, Whitmoor, Woodend.

1861 census: Acorn Lodge, Ashdod, Bankhead, Bents, Blaircochrane, Blinkbonnie, Boghouse, Bordland Entry, Bordland Kaims, Borland Bridgend, Broomhouse, Cabbage Hall, Callands Gate, Castle Craig, Cowdenburn, Damside, Dovecot, Drochil, Easter Deans, Eeaster Deans, Fingland, Flemington, Goldies Mill, Grange, Grassmoor, Greenhead, Halmyre, Halmyre Dean Upper halmyre Goldies Mill, Hamilton Hall, Hedgend, Knocknows, LamanchaStoneyknowe, Macbiehill, Madrisa, Mitchelhill, Mountain Cross, New Camhouse, Newlands, Noblehall, Noblehouse, Old Callands, Old Camhouse, Old Smithery, Parkend, Parkneuk, Plewland Mains, Plewlands, Quarry House, Romanno Bank, Romanno Bridge, Romanno Mains, Roodilees, Scotston , Scotston Knowe, Scotston Rigg, Stevenson, Sunnyside, Tilery, Waterside, Waulk Mill, Wester Deans, Whim, Whiteside, Whitmoor, Woodend.


Here are some figures showing the parish's population through time:

Peeblesshire Map