Lammermuir villages feature in new history publications

SINCE the successful launch of their publication of Monumental Inscriptions for Houndwood, the Borders Family History Society has been busy in Berwickshire and has come up with three more publications.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:28 am

The first of these covers Cranshaws, a beautiful parish in the eastern Lammermuirs. The original name Cranshaws may be derived from the words "crane" and "shaws" or heron wood.

The original settlement was centred around Cranshaws Castle where the remains of the old parish church are today.

New sites for the church and manse were chosen in the 18th century, and together with the 18th century schoolhouse were the foundations of the village as it is today.

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The Swinton family owned Cranshaws for three centuries, until 1712.

The CD contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the full inscriptions from the 123 gravestones in the old burial ground and the churchyard, and photographs of all the stones.

Also included are 331 mortcloth records from 1731-1853, mostly with the name of the deceased. There are indexes to the surnames and places mentioned.

The surnames contained in the monumental inscriptions are: Ainslie, Aitchison, Allan, Anderson, Bertram, Black, Blair, Bolton, Briggs, Brown, Brownlee, Campbell, Carr, Charlton, Coltherd, Craig, Craik, Darrie, Davidson, Dawson, Dickson, Dinshire, Dishington, Dodds, Dods, Donaldson, Douglas, Drysdal, Duncanson, Eaton, Eddy, Edgar, Elliot, Emslie, Fergie, Ferguson, Foord, Ford, Forten, Fortun, Gilchrist, Gillie, Gillieson, Glendinning, Graham, Handyside, Hardy, Harkness, Harperden, Hay, Hog, Hope, Howden, Hunter, Jackson, Jaffray, Jeffrey, Johnston, Kelman, Kemp, Kirkpatrick, Kitcat, Laurie, Lawrie, Linton, Luke, Mabon, Mackinnon, Mcallan, Mcallan, Mccue, Mcdougall, Mckinlay, Mclachlan, Mclean, Mcpherson, Melrose, Miller, Morrison, Newbigging, Nichol, Nisbet, Noble, Patterson, Pilmer, Plenderleith, Pringle, Pullar, Punton, Redpath, Renton, Ritchie, Robertson, Rule, Runciman, Russell, Scott, Scougal, Shell, Shiel, Shiell, Sibbald, Simpson, Slight, Slorach, Smith, Speedy, Stuart, Taylor, Thomson, Thorburn, Thornton, Tomison, Trotter, Veitch, Waite, Walker, Wight, Wilson, Wood, Young.

Complementing the launch of Cranshaws is a new Monumental Inscriptions volume on CD, for Abbey St Bathans, Berwickshire.

Before the reformation in 1560, there were two smaller parishes, Abbey

St Bothansand Strafountain.

It is believed that the Christian settlement here has its origins in the 7th century and a Cistercian Priory was founded sometime in the early 13th century by 12 nuns and a prioress.

The buildings were destroyed during the 16th century by English troops and what remains is now incorporated into the church building.

St Bothan may have been the Abbot of Iona and successor to Columba who died in 600 AD but there was also a St Bothan in Shetland, recorded in 639 AD.

There are other references to Bothans in neighbouring counties - Bothans parish at Gifford is now known as Yester and Bowden in Roxburghshire, was known as Bothenden.

As with the Cranshaws publication the CD contains a hearth tax list, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the full inscriptions from the 115 gravestones in the churchyard, and photographs of all the stones.

Also included are 48 mortcloth records from 1755 to 1759, mostly with the name of the deceased. There are indexes to the surnames and places mentioned.

The surnames contained in the monumental inscriptions are Adamson, Aikman, Aitchison, Allan, Anderson, Baker, Bald, Beaton, Blair, Bolton, Brou, Broun, Brown, Bruford, Brunton, Calder, Carter, Cessford, Chalmers, Chisholm, Christie, Cockburn, Coltherd, Cossar, Coun, Cowan, Cowe, Crucks, Darling, Davidson, Denholm, Dickson, Dobie, Dodds, Dods, Douglas, Edgar, Fairbairn, Fairgrieve, Ferguson, Fortune, Galbraith, Gardiner, Gilchrist, Gillies, Gillon, Glazie, Glinton, Greenlaw, Grieve, Haig, Hall, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardie, Hately, Hendrick, Hogg, Home, Hunter, Hutchison, Jaffray, Johnston, Johnstone-Douglas, Kerr, Lauder, Lillie, Linton, Logan, Macintyre, Mack, Mccue, Meet, Miller, Moffot, Murray, Neil, Nisbet, Norman, Ormston, Paterson, Paxton, Pringle, Purves, Rae, Raeburn, Rankin, Rathie, Reid, Renton, Richardson, Ritchie, Runciman, Selbie, Sherriff, Shiell, Shireff, Shirreff, Sked, Slight, Smith, Smitton, Stark, Sterling, Stevinsone, Stewart, Swanston, Tait, Thompson, Thomson, Tod, Todhunter, Troter, Trotter, Tunnah, Turnbull, Wardhaugh, Weddell, Welsh, Whitelaw, Wightman, Williams, Wood, Yule, Zielinski.

The Abbey St Bathans Monumental Inscriptions CD (price 6 plus 2nd class UK postage 51p , EU postage 1.31, rest of world 1.82) can be obtained from Whitberry, Todlaw Road, Duns, TD11 3EW, Scotland.

The final publication is for Longformacus.

Longformacus, like Cranshaws, sits in the Lammermuir Hills in the north of Berwickshire.

The village was recorded as Langeford Makhous, around 1340 and later in 1430, as Lochrymacus, from the Gaelic Lann Fathir Maccus, the church on the field or slope of Maccus. Ellem and Longformacus churches were dedicated in 1243.

James IV met his commanders at Ellem church in 1496 and the Scots army mustered there before Flodden.

The parish has grown since it was split from Mordington in 1666. Ellem was added early in the 18th century, but in 1891, boundary changes moved Ellem to Cranshaws parish.

The CD contains a hearth tax list, war memorial inscriptions, a list of kirk ministers and a militia list, as well as the full inscriptions from the 221 gravestones in the old churchyard and new burial ground.

Also included are 392 mortcloth records from 1716 to 1856, mostly with the name of the deceased; and an extract from the Longformacus Public School Admission Log from 1873 to 1913, listing 424 admissions to the school, showing names of pupils and parents, addresses, occupations and dates of pupils' births. There are indexes to the surnames and places mentioned.

The surnames contained in the monumental inscriptions are Aikman, Allan, Allon, Anderson, Auld, Baillie, Ballantyne, Barrie, Bell, Berry, Bertram, Biggar, Black, Blackhall, Blakbell, Blake, Blong, Bonsema, Boyes, Bradford, Brockie, Broun, Brown, Buchan, Buckham, Burnet, Burns, Cairns, Calder, Cameron, Campbell, Carnegie, Chisholm, Christie, Clark, Cockburn, Collins, Colvin, Connell, Cook, Cowe, Craik, Craise, Creas, Currie, Dale, Dalgliesh, Davidson, Deans, Dickson, Dingwall, Dinwoodie, Dodd, Dodds, Dods, Donaldson, Douglas, Dun, Dunn, Dwdgen, Edgar, Elliot, Erskine, Fair, Fairbairn, Fergie, Ferguson, Flint, Flynn, Ford, Forrest, Fortune, Fouller, Fowler, Galbraith, Gardiner, Garvie, Gaylard, Gibb, Gibson, Graham, Grant, Gray, Grieve, Hall, Hardie, Harkness, Henderson, Henry, Herberson, Hill, Hodge, Hogg, Holme, Hood, Hop, Hope, Horsburgh, Hume, Hunter, Hutcheson, Hwem, Ingles, Ireland, Jaffray, Jeffrey, Johnston, Kay, Kemp, King, Kirk, Kirkpatrick, Kirkwood, Knox, Kyte, Laidlaw, Lamb, Landale, Lauder, Leitch, Liddell, Lindsay, Linton, Lisle, Litter, Luke, Lunn, Macdougall, Mack, Macvie, March, Marchant, Mason, Mccormick, Mcdonald, Mclaren, Mclean, Mcleish, Mcleod, Mickle, Miller, Milne, Moffat, Morrison, Morton, Moscrip, Murdie, Murray, Myln, Neal, Neil, Neish, Oliver, Ord, Ovens, Palmer, Pate, Paterson, Philips, Playfair, Porteous, Purves, Raitt, Rankin, Rankon, Rathie, Redpath, Renton, Richardson, Robertson, Rodger, Ross, Russell, Rutherford, Scott, Sergant, Shannon, Sharp, Sherlaw, Sherriff, Shirlm, Simpson, Sinclair, Smith, Stobie, Sturrock, Swan, Tait, Taylor, Tennent, Thomson, Todd, Trotter, Tunnah, Turnbull, Turner, Tweedie, Usher, Veatch, Veitch, Waldie, Walker, Walkinshaw, Waller, Wanless, Waters, Watson, Weatherly, Weatherston, Webb, Weir, Welsh, Whitehead, Whitlaw, Wight, Wightman, Wilson, Wood, Watterson, Young.

Details on how to order these fascinating new publications are on www.bordersfhs.org.uk

Alternatively, write to the Society at Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels, TD1 3JS.