Directories can be very useful for finding out about the history of a town or village, or finding references to forebears in the past. Like many parts of Scotland, Peeblesshire was covered by national directories such as Pigots, Slaters etc. Full details of these can be found in publications such as:
British Directories: A Bibliography and Guide to Directories published in England and Wales (1850-1950) and Scotland (1773-1950) by Gareth Shaw and Allison Tipper, published by Leicester University Press, 1988. ISBN 0-7185-1292-8
To help Peeblesshire researchers, here are details of some of the more local directories covering the Peeblesshire area:
Pigot's 1825-6 directory for the whole of Scotland (including Peeblesshire), reproduced on CD-ROM by Archive CD Books
Pigot's 1837 directory for Peeblesshire, reproduced on microfiche by Nick Vine Hall, available from Gould Genealogy in Australia. In the UK the company Stepping Stones has released an 1837 directory CD including Berwickshire, Banffshire (extreme north of Scotland), Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire, although I do not know if this is the same Pigot's directory as available on microfiche.
Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, Peeblesshire and Berwickshire Business Directory, published in 1893 by C. Lamburn at Edinburgh.
The Border Counties ... Business Directory, published in 1897 by C. Lamburn at Glasgow.
Edinburgh and South of Scotland Trades Directory published in 1900 by Trades' Directories Ltd. at Edinburgh. This covers Edinburgh and the counties of Berwickshire, East Lothian, West Lothian, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.
Murray's Edinburgh & South East of Scotland Trades Directory published in 1935 and 1936 by the Mercantile and Commercial Directory Ltd., Glasgow. This includes Berwickshire, Midlothian, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, East Lothian and West Lothian.