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The Parish of Lauder is situated in the north east of Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the County of Midlothian, on the east by the Parishes of Longformacus, Westruther and Legerwood, on the south by the Parish of Melrose and on the west by the Parishes of Stow and Channelkirk.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from1680 to 1716 and from 1720 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1677 to 1796 and from 1844 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1785 to 1794 and from 1836 to 1854.

Sales List;

1841 census Lauder.
1851 census Lauder.
1861 census Lauder.
Lauder Memorial Inscriptions Vol. 10 Berwickshire transcribed by Jean Sanderson 2003 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List, list of Ministers and War Memorial transcription).
Lauder Death Records 1781 to 1854 transcribed by Nigel Hardie.

Lauder Parish Church Lauder Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Lauder and Lauderdale by A Thomson 2001.
Protocol Book of Robert Wedderop Lauder 1543 to 1557.
Through Time and Place - a History of Lauder by Andrew Mercer.
Pre 1855 Memorial Inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
C.D. The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by James Robson 1896.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G.A.C. Binnie.1995.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
C.D. Berwickshire, Banffshire, Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire Trades Directory 1837.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
C.D. Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.

Magazine Articles;

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
A Case for the CommissaryThe amount of information found on any particular family is a matter of luck but time spent will be rewarding.4 pages or more 33Rosemary Bigwood 
Robert Lauder of the BassAn account, fully referenced, of the family of the Lauders of the Bass Rock.3 pages or more 90Gregory Lauder-Frost 
Through Time and Place - a walk through Whitslaid Farm and Tower LauderReview of a book by Andrew Mercer.less than 1 page 97 
The Perils of Secondary SourcesThe writer looks at the dangers to research from not checking primary sources quoting examples and showing how mistakes can arise.3 pages or more 97Gregory Lauder-Frost 
Notes on people in Lauder in 1501Brief notes on Thomas Borthwick of Gammylstoun confirmed in 1501 as in certain tenements in the Royal Burgh of Lauder, previously occupied by Charles Murray, and surrounded by lands of William Broun, George Weddirhede, William Hoppringle, William Scheill and Thomas Spens. Also Robert Lauder, son of Gilbert in Whitslaid.less than 1 page 103Gregory Lauder-Frost 
The Flowers of the Forest--Borderers who fell at FloddenThe Fletcher brothers from Selkirk and were they at Flodden? Probably.1 page or more 29Andrew Cockburn 
Whiteslade, Berwickshire, and its OwnersMany have seen this ruin on the way from Greenlaw to Lauder, and often wondered about the history of this once great fortress. This article covers it magnificently.2 pages or more 31G.M.S. Lauder Frost 
Tyson Brothers - the Ultimate SacrificeThe author has traced her husbands back to the Tysons of Selkirk. Bertram Tyson (b1854, Lauder), son of John (1809-1868), a tailor and Euphemia Richardson (1807-1886). Bertram was 1 of 13 children, and married Joan Nichol. They had 9 children; 3 sons were killed in WW1 (John , James Andrew, Bertram). William survived WW1, and his further story and sporting life is described.3 pages or more 109Marjorie McLaughlin 
A Nostalgic Visit to Lauder and ChannelkirkA report of the author's return from South Africa, his attendance at a late night Church service in Lauder, the erection of a plaque and his family connections with the area.3 pages or more 82Prof. Charles Wait 
Coldingham mortcloth recordsThe mortcloth records are fascinating as they list every occasion when a mortcloth was hired out for a burial. This covers the Coldingham mortcloth.1 page or more 28Vivienne S. Dunstan 
Lowland Scots in PrussiaAbsorbing account of Scots mainly in Danzig and Konigsberg from 15th to 17th centuries. A lot of names recorded.5 pages or more 45G.M.S.Lauder-Frost 
The Days of Our Youth - Memories of MelroseThis article has been extracted from a much longer memoir that John Dick wrote when he retired around 1950. He was born in 1889, the second son of William Dick, an ironmonger in Melrose and his wife Isobella Lauder. He emigrated to Canada as a young man where he eventually became the Chief Cost Accountant for Sun Life Assurance Company. John served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I as a quarter-master sergeant. Although he was twice married he had no children.7 pages or more 67John Dick 
William Dick (1849 - 1932)Account of William Dick, a blacksmith in Fountainhall and his family4 pages or more 63Margaret Dick 
The Chisholm Highland ConnectionThe story of the Chisholm family, their involvement in medieval wars and their move from the Borders to the Highlands.5 pages or more 73Gregory Lauder-Frost 
Robert Lauder of that IlkThis is the story of the background and demise of Robert Lauder of that ilk (d.1598), one of the last to be recorded with that appellation.3 pages or more 29G.M.S. Lauder-Frost 
Cousin Fred from HawickProblems tracing the history of a Dickson family who had lived in the Lauder area from the 17th century,3 pages or more 65Jim Dickson 
Lauder of Edrington, the castle and early referencesThe history of the Lauder's from when they owned the Bass Rock to when they were custodians of Berwick on Tweed castle.5 pages or more 41Gregory Lauder Frost 
Joseph Stephenson of Longyester, Riddle Lodge and SoonhopeThe writer recalls his ancestor, Joseph Stephenson and looks at an unfortunate arrangement he entered into under the influence of alcohol.3 pages or more 99Harry D Watson 

Map of Lauder 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 Lauder from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Lauder monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): WILSON (46), SCOTT (39), BROWN (33), THOMSON (31), DICKSON (31), MURRAY (25), HARDIE (22), HUNTER (22), HALLIDAY (20), FAIRBAIRN (20), NISBET (20), SMITH (19), ROBERTSON (19), REDPATH (19), HENDERSON (19), BELL (18), LOTHIAN (18), YOUNG (18), WATSON (17), FALCONER (16).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archive and Family History Centre, The Hub Hawick hold the following records;

The National Archives of Scotland hold the following records;

Lauder Parish Church;

Lauder Associate Session (Burgher);

Lauder Associate Congregation Church;

Lauder Free Church;

Records of the Lauderdale Branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland ref; GD342.

also the following Maps;

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles and notes;


Lauder Burgh - contains a wide range of local information including a general history of the Burgh.

First Statistical Account by the Rev. Dr. James Ford (click "browse scanned pages" and insert Parish name).

Second Statistical Account by the Rev Peter Cosens (click "browse scanned pages" and insert Parish name).

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;
Farm Horse tax 1797-1798.
Medical Officer's of Health Reports 1891.
Land Ownership Commission Report 1872 -1873. (available on C.D. in Society Archives).

Place and Farm names in Census Records;

1841census: Lauder, Stonyford, Walk Mill, Barns, St. Leonards,Chapel, Upper Kedslie, Kedslie, Hawickshiel, Woodheads, Lauder Mill, Wyndhead, Blackburn, Shielfield, Blackchester, Pilmuir, Kirkstead, Trabroun, Whitelaw, Ladypart, Muircleugh, Allan Bank, Boghall, Longhope, Tullishill, Dodhouse, How, Longcroft, Soonhope, Easter Addenston, Wester Addenston, Cleekhimin, Farmfoot, Thirlestane, Newmills, Newbigging, Burncastle, Earnscleugh, Hoggs Burn, Lylestone, Old Lylestone, Lyleston Mill, Lauder Haugh, Midburn, Waterloo, Norton, Huntington, Windbank, Eagerhope, Broadshawrigg, Howbog, Snowdon, Wantonwalls, Westmains, Eastmains, Heugh, Blyth, Thirlestane Mill.
1851census: Lauder, Farmfoot, Addinstone, Swonhope, Lockie's Lodge, Dodhouse, Tollishill, Longhope, Boghall, Thirlstane, Midburn, Haugh, Newmills, Lylestone Mill, Cleek-him-in Toll, Lylestone, Old Lylestone, Longcroft, Glenburnie, Bermuda, Earnscleugh, Burncastle, Newbiggingwalls, Newbigging, Huntington, Norton, Luggy, Wantonwalls, Westmains, Eastmains, Thirlstone, Snawdon, Heugh, Knowhead, Blyth, Howbogg, Broadshawrigg, Woodheads, Kedslie, Chapel Gate, Chapel, Hawickshiel, St. Leonards, Lauder Barns, Burnmill, Wyndhead, Sandyford, Waukmill, Eagle Gate, Waterloo, Row, Allan Bank, Muircleugh, Ladypart, Whitelaw, Trabrown, Pilmer, Blankchester, Shielfield, Lammers Lodge, Midburn.
1861 census: Lauder, Allan Bank, Muircleugh, Whitelaw, Ladypart, Trabrownhill, Trabrown, Inchkeith, Pilmuir, Shealfield, Blackburn, Haugh, Newmills, Midburn Check Bar, Midburn Toll, Thirlestane, Walkmill, Stonyfoord, Woodheads, Hawickshiel, Chapel Mains, Kedslie, St.Leonards, Lauder Barns, Luggie, Norton, Huntington, New Bigging, Burncastle, Cheekimin, Lyleston, Wester Addinston, Easter Addinston, Longcroft, Glenburnie, Tollishill Howe, Dodhouse, Boghall, Tollishill, Langhope, Farmfoot, Drommondshall, Wantonwalls, Earnscleugh, Bermuda, Blythrig, Broadshaughrig, Howbog, Blyth, Heugh, Thirlestane Mill, Snowdon, Eastmains, Westmains, Harryburn, Burn Mill.


The population has been recorded as follows: 1755 - 1714, 1801 - 1760, 1811 - 1742, 1821 - 1845, 1831 - 2063, 1841 - 2198, 1851 - 2154. 1861 - 2198.