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Hobkirk is an upland Parish in south east Roxburghshire the Parishes of Kirkton and Cavers lie to the west, the Parishes of Bedrule and Jedburgh are to the north, whilst on the east lies the Parishe of Southdean & Abbotrule, whilst on the south lies the Parish of Castleton. The principle village is Bonchester Bridge.

Hobkirk and Southdean are now linked with the Parish of Ruberslaw (a combination of the former Parishes of Bedrule and Minto).

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1726 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1726 to 1733, 1808 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1754 to 1755, 1800 to 1837.
Hobkirk Parish Church Hobkirk Parish Church

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Magazine Articles

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
Hobkirk/HopkirkReport on research into the name Hobkirk/Hopkirk.less than 1 page 96Glenys Bollard 
Baptie Death NoticesDetails of Death Notices relative to the Bapties of Hobkirk.less than 1 page 97Jane Stephenson 
A quest for Scottish Roots in the Middle MarchesThis article was first printed in the Laidlaw Family Journal of October 1995 and has been reprinted in this issue.3 pages or more 31Kenneth Laidlaw 

Map of Hobkirk 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 Hobkirk 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 Hobkirk & Abbotrule monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (40), TURNBULL (38), THOMSON (20), ELLIOT (19), DOUGLAS (18), SMITH (15), BELL (13), ANDERSON (11), ARMSTRONG (11), TELFER (11), BROWN (11), AMOS (10), OLIVER (9), MACMILLAN (9), EASTON (9), MURRAY (9), TAYLOR (8), DALGLIESH (8), MINTO (7), LAIDLAW (7).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland


Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Hobkirk Coat of Arms.
Hobkirk Church Website contains a history of the Parish.
Hobkirk Family Website.
A paper by Walter Deans on the History of the Parish.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
A description of carved stones in Hobkirk Churchyard.
RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Kirk Style, Hobkirk, Kirknow, Killnknow, Yethouse, Highend, Africa, Howahill, Stonedge, Pleaknowe, Longburnshiels, Lurgisleugh, Harwood, Swanshiel, Unthank, Hawclay, Wigg, Templehall, Wauchope, Tytehouse, Forkins, Blackcleugh, Lanfhaugh Walls, Blackcleugh, Wolflee, Broadhaugh, Hartshaugh, Hoddleswoody, Sclenty Hall, Weens, Hallrule, Billerwell, Westlees, Wells, Doveshaugh, Town 0' Rule, Weensmoor, Harthornside, Greenriver, Bonchester Bridge, Langraw, Scar Nook, Woodside, Gatehousecote, Fodderlee, New Fodderlee.

1851 census: Opens, Weens, Hallrule Mill, Gatehousecote, Billerwell, Old Fodderlee, East Fodderlee, Wells, Hallrule, Langraw, Kirkstyle, Bonchester Bridge, Greenriver, Hawthornside, Africa, Highend, Swanshiel,Hardwood, Langhaughwalls, Forkins, Blackley, Wolfelee, Broadhaugh, Woodside, Yethouse, Kilnknow, Kirkknow, Hartshaugh Mill, Howahill, Stonedge, Harwood, Lurgiescleugh, Common, Templehall, Wauchop Tythhouse, Dykeheads, Wigg, Longburn Shiels, Blea Now.

1861 census: Howahill, Stonedge, Harwood, Lurgiescleugh, Longburnshiels, Pleakknowe, Wauchope, Dykeheads, Wigg, Thythehouse, Longhaughwalls, Bonchester Bridge, Braidhaugh, Wolflee, Cleughhead, Blacklee, Forkins, Harwod Mill, Swanshiel, Yethouse, Hartshaugh Mill, Kirknow, Kirkstyle, Langraw, Hawthornside, Greenriver, Opens, Town O' Rule, Hallrule, Billerwell, Westlees, Easter Fodderlee, Old Fodderlee, Weens House, Gatehosecote, Wells House.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map