Coldingham Priory names recorded

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OVER 600 surnames found on memorial stones at Coldingham Priory and other local information such as hearth tax and militia tax has been itemised by Borders Family History Society and collected into a publication which they have also put onto CD-Rom.

A group of volunteers from the Borders Family History Society are gradually working their way around the region recording all gravestone inscriptions and other records to help those tracing their family trees.

Among the names found on the memorials are: Wilson, Nisbet, Aitchison, Purves, Hood, Thorburn, Johnston, Gray, Robertson, Cowe, Wood, Paterson, Patterson, Scott, Craig, Allan, Bell, Chisholm, Cockburn, Smith, Henderson and Rae being the most recorded. Also included in the publication is the 1694 hearth tax, the 1801 militia lists with the militia families vouchers of 1809, 1812 and 1813.

Over 1090 memorials are listed, including the war memorials and rolls of honour from St Abbs and the Priory.

Coldingham’s new Luckenbooth Post Office and visitor centre will become home to a permanent exhibition of artefacts, photographs and information on the parish, priory and village with displays on touch screen terminals. Contributions of photographs and reminiscences will be welcomed and added to the information collected by the history society so that the resources for the parish and village can continue to grow and improve over the years.

The publication is available on CD-Rom, priced at £10 (plus P&P) and is available for ordering from M. Thomson at 64 Talisman Avenue, Galashiels, TD1 2DL, Scotland, by email from or via their website

The Priory is usually open to visitors on Wednesday afternoons (2pm-4pm) and at the same time on Sundays during July and August.