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Tweedsmuir is the most southern parish in the County of Peebles. It is bordered on three sides by neighbouring counties - the parish of Yarrow in Selkirkshire to the east, Dumfriesshire to the south and Lanarkshire to the west. To the north Tweedsmuir is linked to the rest of Peebleshire by the parish of Drumelzier. Tweedsmuir is situated at the head of Tweeddale; Tweed's Well, the source of the River Tweed, is at the southern tip of the parish close to the point at which the counties of Peebles, Dumfries and Lanark meet. It is now one of the linked Parishes of Upper Tweeddale.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1644-1697, 1720-1854 (Mothers' names are not recorded until September 1762)
  • Marriages: 1644-1683, 1720-1817, 1823-1854
  • Deaths: 1645-1692, 1761-1818, 1823-1853
Tweedsmuir Parish Church Tweedsmuir Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Know Your Parish - TweedsmuirHistory of the parish of Tweedsmuir, and notable people. Drawing of Polmood in ruins.2 pages or more 23Jean Moffatt 
The Tweedsmuir SacrificeAn account of the sacrifices and losses of the Parishioners of Tweedsmuir during W.W.1. and of one family in particular.2 pages or more 96Ian Renwick 
The Tweedsmuir ConnectionReport of the society's summer outing to Upper Tweeddale.1 page or more 13Violet Jardine 
List of covenanters in the Parish of Tweedsmuir in 1682, as compiled by Mr Francis Scott, ministerAn account with list of Covenanters in Tweedsmuir in 1682.3 pages or more 94Francis Scott 
Covenanting Grave, TweedsmuirNotes on the grave in Tweedsmuir, of the Covenanter, Thomas Hunter.less than 1 page 98 
The Wild BunchHistory of the Tweedie clan. Includes line drawings of ruins of Tinnies and Drumelzier castles.4 pages or more 24Norrie McLeish 
Hope FamilyLink to the website of the Hope family of Traquair, Tweedsmuir and West Calder.less than 1 page 98 
Grandpa Johnston's ReminiscencesA consolidated reflection of the account of his heritage and the recollections by James Johnston(e) (1825-1902) a blacksmith born in Tweedsmuir, and who died in Edinburgh. He traced is family back to the 17th century, with many forefathers buried in Drumelzier, with most men working as smiths in Tweedsmuir. James was sent to school 2 miles away in Tweedsmuir, with peat the primary fuel. The Crook Inn was the main posting and coaching stop between Edinburgh and Dumfries. There are tales of problems with the post in bad weather, and of the families running the Crook Inn. The Johnston family moved to Eddleston in 1838 with stories about the journey and the celebrations of the coronation of Queen Victoria. James moved to the school in Eddleston, with a very strict approach compared to Tweedsmuir. The family had to relocate to Macbiehill as the leaseholder re-took possession of the smiddy. Linton was the next location, and then training in Edinburgh as a veterinarian. In the late 1800s many of the family, including James's wife, son and daughter died from different afflictions. Based on transcripts sent to the Editor by Kath Baines.6 pages or more 107Editor 
William Shillinglaw CrockettArticle on William Shillinglaw Crockett, Earlston, minister, poet and public speaker.1 page or more 99Jenny Cockburn 

Map of Tweedsmuir 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 Tweedsmuir 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

Poor Law

The National Archives of Scotland

Tweedsmuir kirk session records (Ref - CH2/613)


A Tweedsmuir website
Upper Tweed Community Website
The Parish Website
A biography of Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan)
19th century account of Tweedsmuir

Place and Farm names appearing in census records

1841 census: Tweedsmuir, Crook, Crookhaugh, Cadger Acre, Bield, Oliver, Bield Toll, Newbigging, Riggs, Glenbreck, Fingland, Badlieu, Tweedhopefoot, Glencraigo, Tweedshaws, Earlshaugh, Casterhope, Fruid, Hawkshaw, Craiglaw, Bower, Hearthstone, Hearthstone Wester, Moat Burn, Dykehead, Bridgend, Linnfoots, Gameshope, Overmenzion.

1851 census: Tweedsmuir, Glenruskie, Old Hearthstone, Easter Hearstone, Hearthstone, Crook Haugh, Crook, Bield, Oliver, Toll House, Clatterrow, Menzion, Gemshope, Talla, Dykehead, Bridgend, Over Menzion, Riggs, Glenbreak, Fingland, Badloo, Glencragie, Tweedhopefoot, Tweedshaws Toll, Earlshaugh, Carterhope, Fruid, Hawkshaw, Craiglaw.

1861 census: Tweedsmuir, Talla, Gameshope, Carterhope, Hawkshaw, Craiglaw, Over Menzion, Earlshaugh, Tweedshaws, Tweedhopefoot, Glencraigies, Badlewe, Fingland, Glenbreck, Upper Riggs, Tweedbridgend, Dykehead, Glenruskie, Wester Hearthstone, Easter Hearthstone, Oliver, Newbigging, Bield, Crookhaugh, Crook.


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

Peeblesshire Map