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Peeblesshire map

Stobo, in the County of Peebles lies south west of the county town. It is bounded on the north by Kirkurd, Newlands and Lyne. On the west are Peebles and Manor, whilst Drumelzier is to the south and Broughton is on the east. The village is predominately of 19th century origon and straggles along the B712. The church is the most complete and impressive Romanesque parish church in the Borders. Stobo is now one of the linked Parishes of Upper Tweeddale.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1783-1854 (Mothers' names are not recorded until September 1802)
  • Marriages: 1783-1818, 1820-1854 (There is only one entry Jun 1787-Dec 1790)
  • Deaths: 1783-1848
Stobo Parish Church Stobo Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
From Peebleshire to Canada: William Cranston Murray - An Artist in ArchitectureThe story of the architect William Cranston Murray from Peeblesshire who went to Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, and joined the growing Scottish community (about 2,000 people) there in 1819. Born in Stobo in 1788, his father James was a shepherd. James' first wife Elizabeth (b. about 1761) died and was buried in Stobo Kirk graveyard in 1842. William married Alexanderina Hislop from Glenholm, and their son James was born 1814 in Drumelzier. By 1825 the population of the Miramichi are had grown to about 8,500. The account summarises Murray's major works in the New Brunswick area, many as a result of the Great Miramichi fire in the October of 1825 i.e. St Paul's Anglican Church (Bushville), Judge Peters stately home (Bushville), Murray House , St James Presbyterian and St John United churches, Old Northumberland County Courthouse - all in (Newcastle). In addition there is an attempt at creating a detailed family tree of the Murray family following William's 10 children, of which only 6 names are known. The children of first son James (13), and daughter Margaret (8).7 pages or more 106Barbara MacIntosh Charlotte Loggie 
The Altarstone at StoboStobo Slate Quarry 'whatever'. Also a connection to Merlin and Arthur.1 page or more 10Isobel Jardine 
My dig into the pastPeeblesshire family and from other parts of the Borders, an interesting tale. Also history of various bridges over the Tweed.3 pages or more 34A. Turner 

Map of Stobo 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.
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.

Map of Stobo from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
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.

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

Poor Law

The National Archives of Scotland

Stobo kirk session records (Ref - CH2/423)

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles


The Parish Website
19th century account of Stobo

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Stobo, Muirburn, Craigend, Dreva, Midhouses, Slatehole, Alterston,Dawick, Loure, Crown Head, Newhouses, Cosh Bogg, Harrow, Cless, Burnside, Easterknow, Hophead, Harrayhope, Sheriff Muir, Lynes Mill, Easter Haprew, Torbank, Westerprew, Burnfoot.

1851 census: Stobo, Newhouses, Crown Head, Altar Stone, Dreva, Dreva Craig,. Dreva Muir Burn, Easter Knowe, Burnside, Cless, Stobo, Stobo Mill, Stobo Hope, Harrow, Dawick, Lowre, Easter Dawick, Hopehead, Sheriffmuir, Burnfoot, Easter Happrew, Torbank, Wester Happrew.

1861 census: Stobo, Cless, Stobo Mill, Burnfoot, Sheriffmuir, Burnside, Easterr Knowe, Harrow, Harrowhope, East Happrew, West Happrew, Browns Happrew, Torebank, Easter Dalwick, Coshbog, Stobohope, Dreva Muir Burn, Dreva Shiel, Dreva, Altarstone, Crownhead, Dalwick Mill,The Lour, Newhouses, Stobo Castle.


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

Peeblesshire Map