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"A parish in the county of Roxburgh, about 9 miles long by 3 broad. The surface is finely diversified, and the climate is milder than many of the adjacent districts ... Population in 1801, 403."
From the Gazetteer of Scotland published 1806, Edinburgh.
Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For further details of this see the National Records of Scotland website.
You can see pictures of Linton which are provided by:
You can see the administrative areas
in which Linton has been placed at times in the past.
Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
The Morebattle Village site includes information about the history of Linton parish.
History of Morebattle and District was published by the S.W.R.I. in 1966, full of information about Morebattle and Linton history, as well as a number of old photos.
In 1999 the Morebattle Millennium Committee produced Kalewater: A Miscellany. Although not strictly a history book (or indeed a guidebook) the compilers hope the book gives an insight into life in the Kale valley in the past and present. Its ISBN is 095376320X.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT774263 (Lat/Lon: 55.529940, -2.359580), Linton which are provided by:
Here are some figures showing the parish's population through time:
- 1755 - 413
- 1801 - 403
- 1811 - 462
- 1821 - 458
- 1831 - 462
- 1841 - 526
- 1861 - 608
- 1881 - 543
- 1901 - 405
- 1921 - 410
- 1931 - 406
- 1951 - 296
- 1961 - 268
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 Linton parish (NRS 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 Records of Scotland in Edinburgh.