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Old newspapers can be a useful way of learning about events in a locality at a particular time, or for tracking down obituaries or birth/marriage/death notices of ancestors. The content of newspapers varies a lot and this is not meant as a detailed or exhaustive guide to them. Its purpose is simply to list local newspapers in this county in the past. Additional information would be gratefully received.
Published lists of Scottish newspapers include:
Directory of Scottish Newspapers by Joan P.S. Ferguson. Published in 1984 by the National Library of Scotland.
NEWSPLAN: Report of the Newsplan Project in Scotland. Published in 1994 by the British Library.
The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 by John S. North. Published in 2 volumes in 1989 by North Waterloo Academic Press, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre at the Heritage Hub in Hawick has a large collection of microfilms of local Borders newspapers.
So here is a list (again not necessarily complete) of old Selkirkshire newspapers and their dates (if known). Some papers appear under multiple names, others combined together to form a new title. So don't view this as a list of separate papers - it isn't. Most importantly it is just a guide. A number of long-running local periodicals are also listed: they too included useful local information.
Berwickshire Advertiser, 1893-1957 (issued throughout BEW/ROX/ELN/SEL/NBL)
Border Advertiser, 1848-1906 (issued throughout ROX/BEW/PEE/SEL)
Border Almanac, 1896-1916
Border Beacon and Advertiser for Galashiels, Hawick etc., 1863-1864
Border Beacon, 1835 (only)
Border Bulletin, post 1978
Border Counties Gazette and Agriculturalist, 1884-1885
Border Counties Gazette and Berwick Warder, 1885-1898
Border Counties Magazine, 1880-1881
Border Magazine, 1831-1832
Border Magazine, 1863 (only)
Border Magazine, 1896-1939
Border Sporting Outlook, 1924 (only)
Border Spy, 1831 (only)
Border Standard, 1848-1957
Border Standard, 1881 (only)
Border Standard & Southern Advertiser, 1881-1887
Border Standard and Langholm Advertiser, 1880-1881
Border Standard and Southern Advertiser, 1881-1887
Border Telegraph, post 1896
Border Treasury of things new and old, 1874-1875
Border Watch and Galashiels Advertiser, 1843-1848
Galashiels and Selkirk Almanac and Directory, 1889-1969
Galashiels Record, 1867-1861
Galashiels Weekly Journal, 1842 (only)
Hawick News and Border Chronicle, 1882-1953
Hawick News and Scottish Border Chronicle, post 1953
Hawick Observer and Scottish Border Intelligencer, 1842 (only)
Kelso Border Mail & Gazette for Roxburgh, Selkirk, Berwick & Northumberland, 1797-1945
Kelso Weekly Express & Advertiser for Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, and the Border Counties, 1863-1864
Selkirk Advertiser, 1884-1939
Selkirk Saturday Advertiser, post 1897
Southern Advertiser, 1840 (only)
Southern Reporter & advertiser for the counties of Selkirk and Roxburgh, 1855-1957
Southern Reporter and Border Standard, post 1957
Standard, Border Times & Hawick Telegraph, 1887-1890