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"EDDLESTONE, a parish, containing a post-office village of its own name, in the north of Peebles-shire. It is bounded by Edinburghshire, and by the parishes of Innerleithen, Peebles, Lyne, and Newlands ... Population of the parish in 1831, 836; in 1861, 753."
From the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.


Nigel Hardie has transcribed and published parish of Eddleston deaths for 1714-1854.

Pre-1855 inscriptions for the parish are contained in the Scottish Genealogy Society's volume of Peeblesshire Monumental Inscriptions.



Graham and Emma Maxwell have transcribed and indexed the 1841, 1851 and 1861 census returns for this parish.


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Church Records

The parish church (Church of Scotland) has registers dating from 1713. Old Parish Registers (before 1855) are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and copies on microfilm may be consulted in local libraries and in LDS Family History Centres around the world. Later parish registers (after 1855) are often held in the National Records of Scotland as are any records of non-conformist churches in the area (often unfilmed and unindexed, and only available there).

The Church of Scotland records for this parish held at the National Records of Scotland (NRS reference CH2/120) include some baptisms in the years 1640-1696, deaths for 1775-1795, and proclamations of marriages for 1665-1691.


Civil Registration

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.


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1868, Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson and published by A. Fullarton and Co

  • EDDLESTONE, a parish, containing a post-office village of its own name, in the north of Peebles-shire.  It is bounded by Edinburghshire, and by the parishes of Innerleithen, Peebles, Lyne, and Newlands.  It is of an oblong form, stretching from north to south; but has a considerable projection on the south-west.  Its extreme measurement from the confluence of Harehope burn and Meldon burn on the south, to Fernyhole on the north, is 10 miles; and from the confluence of two brooks at the base of Courhope hill on the west, to Burnhead on the east, is 5¼ miles.  Eddlestone water intersects it from north to south, and divides it into nearly equal parts.  This stream rises in the extreme north of the parish, pursues a course due south, receives on its way 8 or 10 tributary rills from the adjacent heights; and after leaving the parish flows direct toward the core of Peebles-shire, and there, at the burgh, the capital of the county, falls into the Tweed.  At Cowey's linn, it has a fall of 35 feet.  Its entire course, which is remarkably straight, does not exceed between 11 and 12 miles.  In the eastern division of the parish, about a mile from the boundary, is Loch Eddlestone, nearly of a circular form, 2 miles in circumference, and abounding in pike, eels, and perch.  Issuing from this lake is the South Esk, which pursues a course directly the reverse of that of Eddlestone water, flowing 3 miles due northward through the parish, and leaving it within about a mile of the Eddlestone's primary sources.  The entire surface of the parish may be described as an agglomeration of smooth hills, verdant to their summits, tame in their general appearance, but at intervals surprising the tourist by sudden disclosures of picturesque varieties, and romantic cleughs and dells.  Along the eastern boundary, the summits are towering and alpine, one of them rising to the height of 2,100 feet above the level of the sea.  See DUNDROICH.  The vales or basins of the streams are in general little other than gigantic furrows in the wide field of hills.  If the entire area of the parish be reckoned at 264 parts, 54 of them are in tillage, 13 under wood, and 197 pastoral or waste.  The principal landowners are Mackenzie of Portmore and Lord Elibank.  Real rental in 1834, £6,364.  Estimated yearly value of raw produce in 1834, £13,693.  Assessed property in 1860, £7,568 0s.

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