Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Monumental Inscriptions volume for Lyne, Megget and Manor, Peeblesshire

'Adam and Eve' symbolic stone on the grave of Jannet Veitch who died at the age of 16
We’re pleased to report that we have just published another new Monumental Inscriptions volume on CD, this time for the parishes of Lyne & Megget and of Manor in Peeblesshire, Scotland.

Lyne & Megget is the smallest of the Peeblesshire parishes and the Megget part was part of the parish of Traquair prior to the Reformation. Lyne churchyard is small with only 32 stones remaining but this includes one of the few 'Adam and Eve' symbolic stones in the Borders and which is in excellent condition.

There are no known burial grounds in the Megget valley but many of the inhabitants used St Mary’s of the Lowes kirkyard.  The parish of Megget includes the farms and settlements of Henderland, Craigierig, Cramalt, Glengaber, Meggetknows, Shielhope, Syart and Winterhopeburn. A new church for Megget, the 'Tin Kirk' was dedicated in 1905.

The books of Dr Clement Bryce Gunn, and the published photographs of T Crozier, shed so much light on the parishes and the events there.  Pre-1855 monumental inscriptions in both Lyne and Manor churchyards were recorded by Sheila A Scott in 1971, along with the other churchyards in Peeblesshire. We are indebted to her work, to the foresight of Mr J H Hendrie who initiated the project and to the Scottish Genealogy Society who have kindly allowed us to use her transcriptions where some of the stones have become unreadable or have not been identifiable in this survey.   

Usually, we include Hearth Tax or Poll Tax records from the 1690s but for Peeblesshire, the only records held at the National Records of Scotland summarise payments collected by place and do not include the usual list of names and individual payments.

The Blackwood & Smith collection, held at the National Records of Scotland, provide a wide range of historical documents for Peeblesshire, including the Peebles Lieutenancy and Militia Records.  These bundles of papers include
the minutes, correspondence, accounts and other papers and the returns and militia lists drawn up by the parish schoolmasters. The transcriptions of some of these militia lists are included together with some unique correspondence which has survived.

School admission registers for all three schools are available and are transcribed here.  In all, 699 admissions are listed from 1873 to 1919.

This volume on CD comprises a map of Peeblesshire, introduction, history of the parishes, lists of ministers of Lyne, Megget and Manor, Lyne & Megget Proclamations 1727-1730, Lieutenancy Records, plans of Lyne and Manor Churchyards, Lyne monumental inscriptions (gravestone inscriptions), photographs of all the visible gravestones, War Memorials, Rolls of Honour, school admission registers for Lyne Public School, Manor School, Megget School, indexes of surnames in Lieutenancy Records, monumental inscriptions and school admission registers. The school admission registers show the date admitted, child's name, parent's name, address, date of birth, previous school, leaving date.

There are 211 different surnames included in the inscriptions on the gravestones, and they are: Affleck, Ainslie, Aitken, Aldous, Alexander, Allan, Alston, Anderson, Ashford, Baillie, Ballantine, Ballantyne, Balmbra, Barr, Barrie, Bayne, Beattie, Bell, Bertram, Black, Blackie, Blacklaw, Blake, Bolton, Brockie, Brodie, Brown, Browning, Bruce, Brunton, Bryden, Brydon, Burnett, Cairns, Calderwood, Campbell, Chambers, Chancellor, Clark, Clelland, Cochrane, Coltherd, Coltman, Corrie, Cranston, Cruickshank, Currie, Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Davidson, Day, Deans, Denholm, Dickson, Docherty, Dodds, Edward, Elder, Elliot, Fergusson, Findlay, Finlayson, Finnie, Fisher, Fleming, Forrest, Forrester, Forsyth, Forsythe, Fotheringham, Fraser, Freer, French, Frier, Gall, Geddes, Gilchrist, Glendinning, Gossar, Gowans, Graham, Gray, Grieve, Haldane, Hall, Hamilton, Handyside, Harper, Hart, Hatton, Hay, Helm, Henderson, Hewat, Hill, Hislop, Hodge, Hogg, Hoggan, Hooper, Horsburgh, Hunter, Hunter, Hutchison, Inglis, Irvine, Jamieson, Jeffrey, Johnston, Jordan, Kennedy, Ker, Kerr, Ketchen, Kinnon, Laidlaw, Lamb, Laurie, Law, Lawson, Lee, Linton, Little, Lothian, Mackenzie, Macpherson, Macrae, Macvicar, Marshall, Martin, Mathieson, Mccallum, Mcculloch, Mcintosh, Mclaren, Mclean, Melrose, Mitchell, Mitchelson, Moffat, Moir, Morrison, Morrow, Munro, Murdoch, Murray, Naesmith, Nisbet, Orr, Paterson, Paxton, Penney, Pettigrew, Pirgivie, Porteous, Portious, Proudfoot, Purves, Rae, Read, Reid, Richardson, Ritchie, Robb, Robertson, Ross, Rutherford, Salton, Scarth, Sclater, Scott, Smellie, Smith, Somerville, Stevenson, Stewart, Stuart, Swan, Swinton, Taggart, Tait, Taylor, Telfer, Tennant, Thomson, Tod, Todd, Trinder, Turner, Tweedie, Usher, Utterson, Vair, Veitch, Waddell, Wales, Walkinshaw, Watson, Weir, Weston, White, Whitson, Wightman, Wilday, Wilkie, Wilson, Wood, Wood-Gush, Wotherspoon, Young, Yule.

The CD costs £7 plus 95p for 1st class or 74p for 2nd class UK postage, £10.45 for EU airmail, £11.10 for World Zone 1 airmail, £11.45 for World Zone 2 airmail or £10.25 for World Economy mail.

You can get a copy at our archive at 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP, alternatively, please use the Buy now button below.
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Enhancement to Maps and Parishes Page

During recent correspondence with one of our Australian members it occurred to me that many people might not know in which one of the 4 Scottish Borders counties (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire), the parish in which they're interested, lies.

So I've added a list of the parishes to the Maps and Parishes page where each named parish is a direct link to the parish page.

There is a downside to this and it's that the map of the Scottish Borders counties not be visible, depending on your browser settings.

So, in the first paragraph, each occurrence of county is a link taking you to the top of the map.

I hope this enhancement helps you.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches and Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is this Sunday, 31 May, at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange in Melrose, (Map) however, as is usual, we'll have a talk too.   

This Sunday's talk is by Marjorie Gavin. 
She's held a number of roles in the Society over the years, including Chairman and Magazine Editor. 
She has contributed to lots of publications and has extracted notices of births, marriages and deaths, both home and abroad, from several local papers over the years, often adding bits of extra information like details of other family members or biographical notes, and these appeared in lots of our magazines from about 1997 onwards.   

Her talk is titled ‘Hatches, Matches and Dispatches’ and perhaps to counteract the formality of the Annual General Meeting, she says it’s a light-hearted and somewhat irreverent look at births, marriages and deaths from 1700 to 1900. I’m sure you'll find this a very interesting talk. 

Doors open at 2pm; the AGM begins at 2.30pm and the talk after the AGM, perhaps about 2.45pm. 

We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy, and there’ll be light refreshments (donation expected) available after the talk. 

If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers. 

This is the last talk before the summer; the subsequent talk (the first one of the 2015/2016 syllabus) will be on 27th September.