Formed in 1947 to preserve the Antiquities of the district and provide a meeting ground for like minded people to enjoy and protect the exceptionally wide and fruitful  field of historical, literary and archaeological lore which is available throughout the county.

A series of meetings and lectures are open to the public and held during the winter months as shown below, outings and future "digs" are proposed and our members have increased over the past year.

Lectures will take place in Selkirk Parish Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday 21 September 2016 Textile Mills in the Borders
Douglas Coltman
Wednesday 19 October 2016 Voices of Lilliesleaf: The importance of oral history
Ian MacDougal
Wednesday 9 November 2016 Auxiliary Units: Churchill's Secret Army
David Blair
Joint Meeting with Old Gala Club, 7.30pm start
Venue: Upper Volunteer Hall, St John's Street, Galashiels

Wednesday 18 January 2017 Stunning Selkirkshire: A look at the wildlife of the County over a year
Douglas Methven
Wednesday 15 February 2017 The Great Hawick Election Riot of 1837
Norrie McLeish
Wednesday 15 March 2017 The Scholar, The Wizard, The Seer - 13c Borders through the lives of Duns Scotus, Michael Scott and Thomas the Rhymer
Isabel Gordon

Wednesday 19 April 2017 Jacobite Relics, Myths and Realities
George Dalgleish
Wednesday 17 May 2017 A short AGM
Gael Force - Scottish Folk

Annual Membership £6 per year.

Non member £2 per event.

For enquiries about the meetings or the Antiquarian Society please contact Jamie McIntyre


Monumental Inscriptions



Situated on the Boglie Burn off the Melrose Bye-Pass next to the new Crematoriam.

This large cemetery with 1331 headstone details has been transcribed by our Society to assist those tracing their family trees and for generations to come.

Our latest CD includes the following:-

  • Details recorded from each headstone together with a digital photograph;
  • Pupil admission records for Melrose Grammer School 1869
  • Some Melrose Grammer School log information 1891
  • List of Melrosians 1938 to 2012
  • List of Festival Queens 1937 to 2012

This CD costs £12 including postage and packaging (UK only). Enquiries and orders to


HOBKIRK Cemeteries Old and New

Situated between HAWICK  and  JEDBURGH,  HOBKIRK has a beautiful setting round the old church. This cemetery has never been recorded before so lots of new information is now available including lots of  AMOS's, ANDERSONS, ARMSTRONGS, BELLS, DOUGLAS's, ELLIOTS, MURRAYS, NICOLS,  OLIVERS,  RENWICKS, SMITHS, SCOTTS , THOMSONS AND TURNBULLS  etc all together with individual digital photographs. The CD also includes the War Memorial details, Militia list, name and place index No schools details were available. It also includes transcriptions for the now derelict ABBOTRULE headstones together with photographs. CD contains over 400 listed headstones with photographs.

SOUTHDEAN Cemeteries Old and New

Situated at Chesters heading from Hobkirk to the Carter Bar the two cemeteries are up the lane behind the War Memorial at the main junction .The Old cemetery is well kept and has a lot of new information as again this churchyard has never been recorded before and we have included digital photographs with each headstone.

In the Southdean church are stained glass windows dedicated to James THOMSON 1700-1748 who wrote "Rule Brittania" and the Poetic Cycle "The Seasons". There are lots of OLIVERS, TURNBULLS, SCOTTS and DOUGLAS's listed for the historians.

In the new Southdean Cemetery is the headstone to "HIZZY" Robert Steven HISLOP the world champion motor cyclist who died locally in a helicopter crash. The CD also includes War Memorial details, Militia list but no school details found. Again, like Hobkirk, it includes the monumental inscriptions for ABBOTRULE with photographs. The site is now derelict and situated nearby. Contains over 300 listed headstones with photographs.


The headstones were recorded in the 60s by the Hawick Archaeological Society and also recorded in Tancreds book "Rules of Rule Water". We have included a verbatim copy of the Hawick transcription as the location is now derelict but contains a good amount of detail for family historians. I have taken more photographs to show the current state of the nearby site. The transcriptions are included in both the above CDs but not available separately.

We are the only society to have transcribed all the above and below cemeteries with kind help and assistance of our own members. They are the original transcriptions and produced for publication under our own label.

In addition to the above the Society have taken on the task of transcribing all the Monumental Inscriptions in Selkirkshire Cemeteries From 2007 to date.  Each headstone has been transcribed and produced on CDs for the following cemeteries;-


  1. Selkirk Auld Kirkyard - The oldest cemetery in the Kirk Wynd with over 467 headstones each with a digital photograph. This is where William Wallace was proclaimed "Protector of Scotland" and also the burial ground of President Roosevelt s family on his mothers side.
  2. Selkirk Brierylaw Cemetery - 1054 headstones. Includes several from nearby Episcopal Church cemetery. No photographs but individual headstone photographs could be arranged.
  3. Selkirk Shawfield Cemetery - 1400 headstones. As above with no photographs.
  4. Ettrick Kirkyard - 235  headstones each with a digital photograph. Includes James Hogg the "Ettrick Shepherd" also Tibbie Shiels and Rev. Boston
  5. Kirkhope Cemetery (Ettrick Bridge) - 225 headstones each with digital photograph.This cemetery has never been transcribed before so all details are new.
  6. Yarrow Kirkyard - 437 headstones each with digital photograph
  7. Ashkirk Cemetery - 320 headstones each with digital photographs and includes a separate Scott index for the numerous Scotts within.

  8. Hobkirk Cemeteries (old and new) including Abbotrule. See above new releases.
  9. Southdean cemeteries (old and new) including Abbotrule. See above new releases.

Special Notice
Please note we have now ceased to record, amend and sell all our CDs listed above. The Border Family History Society has now taken over all sales and enquiries and can be reached at or at 52 Overhaugh Street , Galashiels TD1 1DP. Any problems I can still be contacted at (Editor)