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Edgerston

"EDGERSTON, an estate, with a quoad sacra parish church, in the detached part of the parish of Jedburgh, 7 1/2 miles south-south-east of the town of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire. Here also, in old times, was a Border castle." from the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.

Cemeteries

The Borders Family History Society has published a booklet of Edgerston monumental inscriptions.

Description and Travel

An account of the parish (history, topography etc.) may be found in the Borders Family History Society's booklet of monumental inscriptions.

Military Records

At the time of the Napoleonic wars, lists of young men in parishes were compiled so that should there be a need for them to fight, they could be drafted into the Militia. If there were not enough volunteers for a list, a ballot was used to select names for it.

In their booklet of Edgerston monumental inscriptions, the Borders Family History Society has included a transcript of the Edgerston portion of the Jedburgh parish militia list.

The booklet also includes the names on the local war memorial (lists local soldiers who died in World War I) and also a separate listing found within the church which acts as a service record for the locals who fought in that war, both those who died, and those who survived.

Taxation

In the 1690s a tax was levied by Parliament on every hearth in Scotland. Both landowners and tenants had to pay this tax and are therefore recorded in the records which were kept at the time. A transcript of the hearth tax records for Edgerston (NAS reference E69/21/1) is included with the list of monumental inscriptions published by the Borders Family History Society.

Most taxation records are held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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