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The Parish of Yetholm is in south east of Roxburghshire on the border with England. The Parish of Morebattle lies to the west and on the north is the Parish of Linton. The English County of Northumberland is on the eastern boundaty.

The twin villages of Kirk Yetholm and Town Yetholm straddle the River Bowmont. The St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne passess through the Parish and te Pennine Way ends in Kirk Yetholm. Kirk Yetholm also has a long association with Gipsie famiilies.

Yetholm along with Hounam, Linton & Morebattle comprise the combined Cheviot Churches

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1694 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1707 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1707 to 1854.
Yetholm Parish Church Yetholm Parish Church

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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
Rev. John Baird, 1799-1861 - Friend of the GypsiesJohn Baird was Minister at Kirk Yetholm. He was responsible for the new bridge , rebuilding the Kirk and School. He also educated the Gypsies and brought them into the community. was a founder member of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club.4 pages or more 26Donald Whyte 
Yetholm, Past and PresentReview of a guide book published by Yetholm History Society.less than 1 page 96Ronald Morrison 
Society LibraryRecent additions to the Society Library.less than 1 page 98 
A Tale of Two SistersA Wanless family’s emigration from Yetholm to Canada.3 pages or more 49Gordon Roy Fairbairn 
The Gladstones: A studyThis is a brief outline of the Gladstone family here in the Borders and as far away as Edinburgh, and Norwich.3 pages or more 35G.M.S. Lauder-Frost 
Andrew Thompson (Convict, Emancipist and Philanthropist)Some notes on the life of Yetholm born Andrew Thompson transported to Australia for petty theft but who went on to become a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and one of the most influential men in the Colony. How a town square created by him and now the oldest surviving in Australia is under threat and of attempts to try to preserve this.2 pages or more 81Ronald Morrison 
Thompson Square Windsor N.S.W. - a memorial to two ScotsmanA report on the campaign to save an historic town square named after James Thompson, born Yetholm, convict, emancipist and philanthropist.2 pages or more 89Nina Butler 
Reminiscences of Childhood by a Matron of 78Narrative written by the author's great grandfather's sister about their emigration from Scotland to New York in 1829. Continued in issue 42.5 pages or more 41Jim Wilson 
Jerdan Family HistoryThe family history of the Jerdans, who they married, and where they lived in the Borders.2 pages or more 34Fred Kennington 
The Flowers of the ForestBorders who fell at Flodden A list of nobility who fell in the battle The rank and file fell with no records.2 pages or more 26Andrew Cockburn 
The Kirk Yetholm GypsiesIf you are connected to Yetholm, this is a must for you, it covers the gypsies from Persia right through to being settled in Kirk Yetholm. It is in two parts: issue 31 and 32.4 pages or more 31A. V. Tokley 
The Bennets of GrubetAn old Roxburghshire family associated with Kirk Yetholm and the Gypsies and their descendants.3 pages or more 29Donald Whyte 

Map of Yetholm 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 Yetholm 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 Yetholm monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): YOUNG (39), SCOTT (22), TURNBULL (22), HALL (19), DAVIDSON (18), OLIVER (16), BROWN (16), CAIRNS (16), STENHOUSE (16), KERR (14), DOUGLAS (13), WILSON (13), ROBSON (13), PRINGLE (13), HOGG (12), ELLIOT (12), TAIT (11), DODDS (11), THOMSON (9), BELL (9).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

Poor Law

The Scottish National Archives

Yetholm Parish Church (Ref - CH2/671).

Yetholm, Burgher/ First Associate/Free Church (Ref - CH3/577).

Yetholm Second Associate Burgher Church (Ref - CH3/578).

Account Books of John Kerr, Yetholm millwright 1808 to 1829 (Ref - CS96/1676-78).

Hawick Archaeological Society

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club


Yetholm Village Website contains a detailed history of the Parish, those associated with it and a full transcription of the names on the War Memorial.
The Community Council Website
The Scottish Gypsy Website contains considerable information on the Gypsies and their connection with Yetholm.
Stobie's Map of Roxburghshire of 1770.
The RCAHMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841census: Yetholm, Primside Mill, Duncan Haugh Mill, Lochtower, Halterburnhead, Halterburn, Halfland, Vencheon Mains, Vencheon, Wideopen, Brae House, Cherrytrees Hill House, Cherrytrees, Clockmill, Thirlestane.

1851 census: Town Yetholm, Primside Mill, Lochtower, Thirlestane, Clock Mill, Kirk Yetholm, Duncanhaughmill, Hayhope, Halterburnheads, Halterburn, Halfland, Vencheon, Wideopen, Cherrytreeshillhead, Cherrytrees, Braehouse.

1861 census: Town Yetholm, Duncanhaugh Mill, Primside Mill, Lochtower, Thirlestane, Clockmill, Kirk Yetholm, Blunty's Mill, Bowmont, Hayhop, Halterburnhead, Halterburn, Halfway, Yetholm Mains, Venshen, Wideopen, Braehouse, Hillhead, Cherrytrees.


The population has been recorded as follows:

Roxburghshire map