During a small ceremony on Monday 14 March at 3pm, George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland, will officially handover important historical records of Borders Kirk Sessions dating back to the 1660s to the Heritage Hub, Heart of Hawick.
The Kirk duties were to maintain good order amongst its congregation (including administering discipline and superintending the moral and religious condition of the parish. It also took a keen interest in, irregular marriages, welfare and religious observance.
With moral stories and tales of scandal and social responsibility, the Kirk Session Records give us a real glimpse of the past. They show us what our ancestors and our communities thought and did, rather than just details of names and places.
This is real recognition of the quality of the facilities at the Hawick Heritage Hub and its staff.
It's also much more useful to have these records available for research in the Borders from whence they came rather than having to go to Edinburgh for them.
More information on the press release from the Hawick Heritage Hub.