Saturday, April 22, 2017

Apr & May Society meetings



We’re still having problems with our website – not quite all there yet! 

Our next meeting is on Sunday 30th is a talk by David McLean on Farm Servants of South East Scotland 1750 – 1914.  So if your ancestors were Ag Labs, herds, hinds, bondagers, outworkers, ploughmen, David will explain a little more about their lives and conditions of work. Venue Corn Exchange, Melrose at 2.30pm. Teas / Coffees.

The last meeting of the 2016-17 season is on Sunday 28th May. Venue Corn Exchange, Melrose at 2.30pm when the talk will be preceded by the Society AGM.  Please come along to find out what we have been doing and also about our plans.

Will Collin will present an illustrated talk on "William Collin and the ‘Christina Craig’ -  An Eyemouth Maritime Family Story from the Great War".  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Christina Craig, one of many Eyemouth fishing boats and crews which were signed up by the Admiralty to serve in the WWI Auxiliary patrol. Many photographs remain in the Collin family and are included in the talk.

Our original speaker Margaret Fox is unable to come along in May 2017 but has kindly agreed to reschedule her talk in 2018.

If you can’t access what you are looking for on the website, please contact us by using the Contacts Page

You can also find us and contact us on facebook or on twitter or send a letter to our address at Overhaugh St, Galashiels, TD1 1DP.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Our Website Not Working Properly

Yes !

We know our website isn't working on all pages.

We're sorry about this. Our host, EasyCGI, assumed a previously reported problem was fixed without checking properly and without asking us to check.

The information pages and the subscription pages are working.

The pages that rely on a database like the Indexes, Forum, What's On, Surname Interests, Other Websites aren't working.

Tomorrow's talk about ScotlandsPlaces will be taking place.

See you at 2ish in the Corn Exchange, Melrose, for the talk.

Friday, February 3, 2017

New CD - Edrom Monumental Inscriptions

We’ve just published a new volume in our Monumental Inscriptions series, for Edrom.

It’s curious that the village of Edrom in this medieval parish is now just a hamlet; it was formerly much bigger with its own railway station and a lot more people.

The former medieval church, with its subordinate chapels in Kimmerghame, Blackadder, Allanton and Earlston, was originally given to the monks of Coldingham by the Earl of Northumberland around 1130. Alas, what remains of a presumably magnificent church is the Blackadder Aisle named after Robert Blackadder, Archbishop of Glasgow from 1484 to 1508; the original doorway with a Romanesque arch and some fine architectural features incorporated in the Logan Aisle. There were many important families in the parish over the centuries, for example, the Blackadders, Boswells, Homes, Humes, Logans, Swintons, some of whom built or adapted fine houses.

The principal objective of all the Monumental Inscriptions volumes is to record and publish the gravestone inscriptions within the church and its cemetery or burial yard and other memorials.

The inscriptions on the 656 gravestones and memorials covering over 470 surnames are shown in as full as detail as possible and there is a photograph of each gravestone found. In common with most of our recent volumes in the same series, we’ve included a history of the parish, the ministers of the parish from 1570 and of Allanton Free Church; inscriptions and photographs of the War Memorials; the Hearth Tax of 1694 which lists 195 householders; the Pollable Persons of 1695 with over 500 individuals, naming the majority of wives and children in the households; the militia men for the parish which lists 90 individuals and their ages, occupations and addresses in 1801; militia vouchers of 1809, 1812 and 1813 which lists soldiers, their wives, how many children they had and the payment due – 6 shillings (30p) for each wife and each child.  Also included is a transcription of Edrom school admission register from 1868 to 1901 which lists 918 children and for almost all of them their date of birth, date started, date left, parent’s name, address, and last school attended.

The surnames on the gravestones are:  Adams, Aikman, Ainslie, Air, Aitchison, Aitken, Aitkin, Aiton, Alan, Alexander, Allan, Alston, Anderson, Archer, Armstrong, Atkin, Atkinson, Bain, Baird, Bairnsfather, Ballantine, Ballantyne, Ballingall, Banks, Barham, Barinsfather, Barrie, Barron, Barstow, Bayton, Bearhope, Beatty, Bell, Bethell, Beveridge, Black, Blackadder, Blackhall, Blackie, Blacklock, Blades, Boardman, Boddy, Boge, Bolton, Bonar, Boswall, Brack, Braidford, Braimer, Bridgewater, Brigham, Broce, Brockie, Brodey, Broun, Brown, Bruce, Brunton, Brydon, Buchan, Buglass, Bull, Burn, Burnett, Burns, Calder, Cameron, Campbell, Carre, Carruthers, Carson, Carss, Cavers, Chalmers, Chirnside, Chisholm, Clark, Clarke, Clazie, Cleghorn, Cleland, Clinskell, Cockburn, Cogle, Colstine, Colston, Colvin, Colvine, Common, Coronet, Cossar, Couts, Cowan, Cowe, Cowie, Cowieson, Craig, Craw, Crawford, Croford, Crombie, Cruickshank, Cummin, Cumming, Cunningham, Currie, Cuthbertson, Darlin, Darling, Darrie, Davidson, De Winton, Denham, Denholm, Dennis, Dewar, Diamond, Dicker, Dickson, Dingwall, Dippie, Dixon, Dobbie, Dodds, Donaldson, Donoghue, Doran, Doris, Douglas, Downie, Drummond, Drybrough, Dryburgh, Dun, Dunn, Dysert, Edgar, Elliot, Engvall, Ennerwick, Ewart, Fair, Fairbairn, Fawcus, Fergie, Fergisn, Fergison, Ferguson, Ferilands, Finlay, Finlayson, Flint, Flynn, Forbes, Ford, Fordyce, Fordyce buchan, Foreman, Forman, Forrest, Forrester, Forster, Forsyth, Fortune, Frame, French, Frisken, Friskin, Frizzel, Fullerton, Galbraith, Galbrath, Galbreath, Galloway, Gardiner, Gentles, George, Gibb, Gibson, Gill, Gillespie, Gillie, Gillies, Glass, Goodall, Gowan, Graham, Grant, Gray, Green, Grieve, Guthrie, Hadden, Haig, Haldan, Hall, Halley, Halliday, Hamilton, Hardie, Hardy, Hargood, Harkness, Harrower, Harvey, Hastie, Hatelie, Hattle, Hay, Heatlie, Henderson, Hendry, Henry, Hermiston, Herriot, Heslop, Higgins, Hill, Hills, Hillson, Hogarth, Hogg, Home, Hood, Hope, Hornsby, Horsburgh, Houston, Houston Boswall, Howden, Howie, Howme, Hume, Hunt, Hunter, Hutchison, Hynes, Inglis, Jackson, Jameson, Jamieson, Jeckell, Jeffery, Jeffrey, Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone, Kane, Keay, Keddie, Kelso, Ker, Kerr, Killer, Kilpatrick, Kinghorn, Knight, Knox, Laidlaw, Laing, Laird, Lamb, Landret, Lauder, Law, Lawrie, Layton, Learmonth, Leckie, Leitch, Lennox, Liddle, Lillico, Lithhead, Lochery, Lockie, Logan, Logan Home, Lorrain, Lothian, Louden, Lowes, Lunn, Lyall, Lyle, Lyon, Mackal, Mackay, Manuel, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Mawghlen, Mcaneany, Mccall, Mcdewar, Mcgall, Mcgregor, Mcintyre, Mckay, Mckie, Mclain, Mclaren, Mclean, Mcleod, Mein, Meins, Melrose, Menzies, Middlemess, Middlemiss, Middleton, Millar, Miller, Milne, Mitchell, Moffat, Mole, Morrison, Mossman, Muir, Muirden, Munro, Murry, Nairn, Needham, Neill, Nelons, Nelson, Nesbit, Nisbet, Niven, Noble, Oliver, Ord, Ordd, Outterson, Paterson, Paton, Patterson, Patton, Paulin, Paxton, Peacock, Pearson, Philip, Philp, Polwarth, Ponder, Porteous, Porter, Pow, Prentice, Preston, Primrose, Pringle, Purves, Purvis, Rae, Ramsay, Rankin, Reay, Redden, Redpath, Reid, Renton, Renwick, Richardson, Richison, Ritchie, Robertson, Robson, Roden, Ronaldson, Rool, Ross, Runciman, Rutherfoord, Rutherford, Sanderson, Schmidt, Scot, Scott, Scowlar, Seton, Shand, Sharp, Shearlaw, Shiel, Simpson, Sinclair, Sinclair Wemyss, Sitwell, Sligh, Smart, Smeaton, Smith, Somervail, Spears, Speirs, Spence, Spiden, Spirs, Stanfield, Stapleton, Steel, Stevenson, Stewart, Stirling, Straiton, Straughan, Struthers, Stuart, Sutherland, Swan, Swanston, Swinton, Tait, Taylor, Teat, Thompson, Thomson, Thorburn, Tindal, Todd, Torbet, Tough, Troter, Trotter, Tunnah, Turnbull, Turner, Tweedie, Umpherston, Umpherstone, Urach Von Wurttemburg, Uyrdrop, Virtue, Voigt, Waddell, Wait, Walace, Walbie, Walker, Wallace, Warnock, Watson, Watt, Watts, Weatherhead, Weatherson, Weatherston, Webb, Weddell, Wedderburn, White, Whitecross, Whitehead, Whitelaw, Wight, Wightman, Wilkenson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Winter, Wittet, Wood, Young, Younger, Yule, Zimmer.

There are indexes of the surnames in the Hearth Tax, Pollable Persons, and Militia Vouchers; surnames and dates of death for the gravestones; the surnames in the school admission register. If your family lived in Edrom then this CD should be an essential reference. You can buy it from our premises at 52 Overhaugh St, Galashiels any Tuesday or Thursday from 10am to 4pm for the published price of £9, or order now by clicking the button below and selecting the appropriate delivery option:

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You might also be interested in a 60 page book ‘Edrom Parish Certificates of Character Given 1707 to 1815, Received 1796-1854’. When your ancestors moved to another parish it was essential to get a certificate from the minister as evidence of your religious standing and to show that you were unlikely to be on the Poor Roll and give the certificate to your new minister. The book lists names, addresses and dates and is available from us at the above address for £3.50, or order now by clicking the button below and selecting the appropriate delivery option:


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