Selkirkshire, Scotland Public Record Office
Heart of Hawick
Note: The county public records for Selkirkshire are now part of the Scottish Borders Archives. There are probably still local archives in Selkirkshire but the only archives that came up online were for the Scottish Border.
Scottish Boarders Archive and Local History Centre
Heart of Hawick
Monday and Friday: 9:30am-1pm, 2pm-4:45pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-1pm. 2pm-7pm
Wednesday: Open for school and pre-booked groups but closed to the public
The archive contains 750 years worth of documents about the Scottish Border counties. It should be noted that some material has to be booked in advance. This can be done by utilizing the contact information above. Below is a list of various types of materials found in this archive:
• Information about local families and communities
• Records detailing census results, marriages, births, and deaths
• Records of the ownership of land from the 16th century
• Records from local industries including farming, textile, and fishing
• Government records
• Records pertaining to law enforcement
• School records
• Records of famous people from the borders including Mungo Park and Sir Walter Scott.
• Local newspapers
• Poor law records
• Records from local businesses including: Aimers McLean and Co. and Sanderson & Murray Ltd of Galashiels
These collections cover the geographical area that includes the former counties of Selkirkshire, Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, and Peeblesshire. The archive’s staff can help researchers find the information the seek.
Borders Family History Society
This society helps people who are researching their family history in the Border counties of Scotland. Some information is available to the general public but other items and information can only be accessed by society members. Services available:
• Indexes containing gravestone inscriptions, magazine articles, poor law records, and family tree
• An archive and search room where the society’s records can be accessed
• Free articles that can be downloaded for free
• Books and pamphlets that are located in the archive
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