|'Adam and Eve' symbolic stone on the grave of Jannet Veitch who died at the age of 16|
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The Blackwood & Smith collection, held at the National Records of Scotland, provide a wide range of historical documents for Peeblesshire, including the Peebles Lieutenancy and Militia Records.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.
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