Thursday, 26 September 2013

Borders parish records books and indexes from Maxwell Ancestry

Maxwell Ancestry ( has a series of books featuring various transcribed parish registers for the Borders not available on ScotlandsPeople, as sourced from kirk session records, nonconformist church denomination records and other sources. The list includes the following:
  • Applegarth (Dumfriesshire) Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1694-1719
  • Applegarth (Dumfriesshire) Parish List 1697
  • Bunkle & Preston Baptisms and Marriages 1684-1690
  • Chirnside Burials 1817-1854
  • Eyemouth United Secession Church Baptisms 1821-61 and Marriages 1843-50
  • Closeburn (Dumfriesshire) Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1726-1754
  • Buccleuch Street (Dumfries) U.P. Church Baptisms 1846-1856
  • Lauder Parish Burial Register 1827-1838
  • Tinwald Parish Marriage Register 1832-1854
  • Westerkirk Burials 1706-1719, 1768-1854 and Irregular Marriages 1768-1824
  • Castleton (Roxburghshire) Parish Register 1707-1710 and Hearth Tax 1695
  • Kelso Relief Church Baptisms 1813-1819
  • Yetholm (Roxburghshire) Burgher (New Light) Parish Register 1824-1855
  • Galashiels (Selkirkshire) Parish Register 1666-1718
  • Galashiels (Selkirkshire) Marriage Register 1845-54 and Relief Church Baptisms 1838-55
  • Glenkens Free Church Baptisms 1841-1857
  • Newton Stewart Relief Church Baptisms 1791-1845

They now have an online index to these for births/baptisms, marriages/banns and deaths/burials at (below the census section). Individual look-ups cost £1.50 each, or you can purchase the full books via

And if you have no idea what a kirk session record or a nonconformist church is.... check out my book Discover Scottish Church Records in print form at or in ebook format at - or sign up to my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, which starts November 13th, at!

And for a wee summary of Kirk history - visit :)


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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