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Roxburghshire map

Ancrum is situated in north Roxburghshire, being bounded on the north by the Parish of St. Boswells, on the north-east by the Parish of Maxton on the east by the Parishes of Roxburgh and Crailing, on the south by the Parishes of Jedburgh, Bedrule and Cavers, on the south-west by the Parish of Minto, and on the west by the Parishes of Lilliesleaf and Bowden. Ancrum, along with Crailing, Eckford and Lilliesleaf, is now part of the Ale & Teviot United parish.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1703 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1712 to 1742, 1733 to 1854
  • Deaths: 1719 to 1742, 1733 to 1854.
Ancrum Parish Church Ancrum Parish Church

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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
The Rutherford LettersThese letters come from a collection written by Rutherfords, in Ancrum to their folks in Canada. 4 are from 1852, and one from1928. Many names of Ancrum and nearby people mentioned.3 pages or more 44Ann F Rutherford, Robert Turnbull, George Hay 
Placenames in the Ancrum areaReview of book 'Placenames in the Ancrum area' by David Cain.less than 1 page 89 
John Ainslie Map MakerJohn Ainslie who was described at a conference in Edinburgh in 1971 as Scotland's greatest cartographer.2 pages or more 4C.M. Ainslie 
Travelling Scottish Sons from Ancrum, Crailing, Stichill and EarlstonInformation extracted from the privately printed book about 3 large Border families, all of who had 1 girl who married a minister in each generations, where letters were written and kept by the brothers. The Cranstoun brothers to the Ancrum manse, the Scott brothers to the Stichill manse, and the Gordon brothers to Gordon and Earlston; the groups of brothers also kept in touch with each other. All these documents have been indexed and reflect every day life in the 1700s and early 1800s, including writing and social skills, education, professions and ministers tenures.1 page or more 107Colin -Miles Edgar Anne Edgar 
They Went To AustraliaFascinating account of the Turnbulls journey from Ancrum to Australia via Cape Town, and life afterwards.2 pages or more 43Janet Godden 
Ainslies of Dolphinston to Manitoulin IslandExcellent article on the author's Ainslie forebears from Ancrum and Lilliesleaf to their arrival and life in Canada.4 pages or more 20Robert L P Morden 
Inheritances and Family HistoryA short article on the inheritance of a pair of silver sugar tongs which had originally belonged to Walter Laing Wilson and his wife Janet Nichol of Ancrum.less than 1 page 78Anne Golden 

Map of Ancrum 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 Ancrum 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.

20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Ancrum and Longnewton monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (65), TURNBULL (32), DAVIDSON (24), RUTHERFORD (20), THOMSON (19), BROWN (16), HYMERS (16), DOUGLAS (15), RICHARDSON (14), WILSON (14), OGILVIE (14), SMITH (13), BLACK (12), HALL (12), BELL (12), MURRAY (11), GRAY (11), ELLIOT (10), ROBSON (9), KENNEDY (9).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Ancrum Parish Church


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Village Website
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
A description of Ancrum from the Gazetteer of Scotland, 1806
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841 census: Ancrum, Ancrum Mains, Broom, Chesters, Grange, Grange Banks, Old Barnhills, New Barnhills, Troneyhill, Standhill, Old Belses, New Belses, Belses Mill Pinnacle, Milton, Chester Craig, Ancrum Craig, Hopton, Broom Moor, Africa, Ashyburn, Heriotsfield, Lilliardsedge, Forest, Hilton Toll, Wellrig, Greenend, Longnewton, Broadside, Birsesleese, Longnewton Mill, Lidgate, Sandiestanes, Palacehill, Woodhead, Bellbutts, Howden, Knowe, Whitehouse, Crookyett, Kirklands, Lintmill, Nether Mill, Ancrum Toll, Monteviot Toll, Copland, Harestanes Bridgend.

1851 census: Ancrum, Ancrum Mill, Townfoot, Causeway End, Causeway, Greenhead, Lidgate, Alnbank, Furlongs, Beats of Ancrum, Chesters Know, Townhead, Lint Mill, Woodhead, Palacehill, Sandystanes, Longnewton, Longnewton Mill, Birsellees, Greenend, Wellridge, Hiltonhill, Lilliard, Herriotsfield, Bellbuts, Mountiviot Barr, Bridgend, Harestanes, Howden, Copland, Broom, Broom Muir, Chesters, Ancrum Grange, Grange Banks, Old Barnhills, Standhill, Old Belses, Old Pinnacle, Pinnacle, Rawflat, Bloomfield, Chesters Craig, Ancrum Craig, Hopton, Africa, Ashyburn, Whitehouse, Crookyett, Kirkland.

1861 census: Ancrum, Ancrum Mill, Greenhead, Causeway End, Aln, Causeway, Copland, Aln Bank, Lidgate, Townhead, Nether Ancrum, Hawthorn Bank, Furlongs, Chester Hall, Copland, Bridgend, Mounteviot, Harestaines, Mounteviot Toll, Ancrum Toll, Nether Mill, Lint Mill, Howden, Bellbuts, Herriotsfield, Croupyett, Hopeton, Ancrum Craig, Chesters Craig, Broomfield, Belses Muir, Wester Ashyburn, Ashyburn, Kirklands, Longnewton, Greenend, Waltridge, Hiltonhill Toll, Longnewton Forest, Lilliards, Woodhead, Palacehill, Sandystanes, Williamrigg, Broadside, Ancrum West Mains, Broom, Chesters, Old Barnhills, Barnhills, Chesters Mure, Troneyhill, Stand Hill, Old Belses, New Belses, Pinnacle, Rawflat.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map