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Maxton is a rural Parish in north Roxburghshire being bounded on the north by the Parishes of Mertoun in Berwickshire and Makerstoun, on the south-east by the Parish of Roxburgh, on the south-west by the Parish of Ancrum and on the west by the Parish of St. Boswells. Maxton & Mertoun parishes have been combined and they are now linked with St Boswells.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Marriages: 1691 to 1848.
  • Deaths: 1776 to 1803, 1837 to 1854.
Maxton Parish Church Maxton Parish Church

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

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
War RecordsUpdate on W.W.1 records being compiled by the Society.less than 1 page 96 
The relationship of place names and personal namesThe relationship is two fold: (1) Place names derived from personal names, (2) Personal names derived or adopted from place names.1 page or more 21Jessie Macdonald 
Littledean TowerA brief history of a little-known tower located at Ploughlands, about 1 mile east of Maxton (Grid Ref. 633313), near the disused quarry that supplied some of the stone for Melrose Abbey. Attacked in the Earl of Hertford in 1544, the tower was the chief residence of the Kerrs of Cessford.less than 1 page 102Margaret Dick 
From Cowal to the Borders. Internal migration of the Whyte FamilyThe Agricultural migration of workers and the history of the Whyte Family.2 pages or more 7Donald Whyte 
The Lillico Family - Chain Migrants to Gloucester Township, OntarioThe story of a family that emigrated from Roxburghshire to Ontario8 pages or more 70Eleanor Lillico 

Map of Maxton 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 Maxton 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 Maxton monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): THOMSON (19), SCOTT (10), WIGHT (6), DAVIDSON (5), WOOD (5), GRANT (5), TURNBULL (4), ROBSON (4), BROWN (4), LYALL (4), BELL (4), LAUDER (4), FIDDES (3), ROBERTSON (3), YOUNG (3), SIMPSON (3), DOUGLAS (3), RICHARDSON (3), HENDERSON (3), BURNS (3).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Maxton Parish Church (Ref - CH2/260

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Village Website - includes a detailed map of the Parish.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770 .
A description of Maxton from the Gazetteer of Scotland, 1806
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Maxton Village, Morridgehall, Muirhouselaw, Muttonhole, Rutherford, Littledean, Ploughlands, Riddelton Mill, Craigover, Burnside, Rutherford Mains.

1851 census: Morridgehall, Muirhouselaw, Craigo'e, Littledean, Burnside, Ploughlands, Kiddletonhill, Rutherford,

1861 census: Littledean, Ploughlands, Rutherford, Riddletonhill, Muirhouselaw, Morridgehall, Craigo'er.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map