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Minto Parish is situated in west central Roxburghshire. The Parish of Lilliesleaf is to the north, the Parish of Ancrum to the east, the Parish Cavers, to the south and the Parish of Wilton on the west. Minto Hill is a prominent feature in the local landscape. The Parish of Minto incoporates the village of Hassendean, once a parish in its own right.

In 1975 the Parishes of Minto and Bedrule were combined as the Parish of Ruberslaw which is now linked with Hobkirk and Southdean.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1703 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1703 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1785 to 1791.
Minto Parish Church  Minto Parish Church

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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
One of the many Brown FamiliesA family tree of Browns in Galashiels, Selkirk areas.1 page or more 26I.M. Brown 
Minto Memorial InscriptionsSome notes on the Minto Memorial Inscriptions published by the Society on CD.1 page or more 77Elma Fleming 
ElliotsSome notes on the Elliot Clan Gathering and the donation to the Society of a book 'The Rise of the Elliots of Minto'.less than 1 page 94Ronald Morrison 
Am I or am I not an Elliot? Can I wear my Elliot tartan scarf?An account of the research into the authors connections to the Elliot name. Elizabeth Elliot was born in Hawick 1892 to Robert Eliot (b. 1857) and Margaret Rowat. Robert was 1 of 3 children born to George and Elizabeth Douglas. Before then the researcher has been unable to clearly trace the Elliots further with any confidence.less than 1 page 102Christine Nichol 
The War Memorial at Minto by Roger J OwenSome paragraphs on the book 'The War Memorial at Minto' by Roger J Owen.less than 1 page 88 
The Turnbulls of Minto Cleuchead, Burnfoot and East MiddleFrom Hawick to Australia Extracts from a book of more than three hundred pages .3 pages or more 26Mrs Robyn Crossle 
The Parish of LanglandsThe parish of Langlands and the history of old leper hospital at Rutherford. Also the history of Langton that was absorbed into Wilton.3 pages or more 35Michael Langlands 
Last Wishes; Scottish Soldiers' Wills in the First Word WarAn account of a talk by the author to the Society on soldiers' Wills and Testaments during World War 1.2 pages or more 93Tristram Clarke 
A Denholm Family And My Border MemoriesA journey through time in Denholm. From Post office, Lord Minto and his new bride to preserves cooking on the range in Meg Purness' draper's shop.3 pages or more 35Jean Kelly 
The Life and Family of Dr. John LeydenEnthralling biography of the famous polymath (minister, surgeon, judge, linguist, poet and naturalist) who lived from 1775 to 1811.7 pages or more 45Marjory Gavin 
Family History RecordsAn archivist from the Heritage Hub in Hawick discusses a range of records that can be used to provide a fuller picture of our ancestors5 pages or more 70Juline Baird 

Map of Minto 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 Minto 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 Minto monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): SCOTT (22), ELLIOT (15), TURNBULL (11), RUTHERFORD (8), BROWN (8), WATSON (8), WILSON (8), OLIVER (8), GALLOWAY (7), SMITH (7), TAIT (5), DOUGLAS (5), THOMSON (5), ANDERSON (4), RENWICK (4), EASTON (4), SMAIL (4), MAXWELL (4), HENDERSON (3), HUGHES (3).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

The National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh

Minto Parish Church (Ref - CH/573)


Hawick Archaeology Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


A 19th century description of Hassendean
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm Names on Census Records

1841 census: Hillhouse, Butterhall, Craigend, Deanfoot, Wester Hillend, Hassendean Village, Huntlaw, Horselyhill, Westerhouses, Know, Hassendeanbank.

1851 census: Minto, Hillhouse, Cleughhead, Easter Hillend, Butterhall, Craigend, Deanfoot, Kaims, Pink, Hassendeanbank, Halsendean, Know, Lurden, Hassendeanburn, Horsleyhill, Hassendean, Horsley Hill, Newland, Huntlaw.

1861 census: Minto, Clokerhall, Kaims, Pink Cottage, Hillend, Butterhall, Cleughhead, Hillhouse, Lillilaw, Cragend, Deanfoot, Hassendeanbank, Teviotbank, Knowtonhead, Hassendeanburn, Lowerdean, Horsleyhill, Wester Houses, Huntlaw, Newlands,Hassendean.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map