Place:Peeblesshire, Scotland

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NamePeeblesshire
Alt namesPeeblessource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Siorrachd nam Pùballansource: Wikipedia
Tweeddalesource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
TypeTraditional county
Coordinates55.62°N 3.29°W
Located inScotland     (1889 - 1975)
See alsoBorders, Scotlandregional authority 1975-1996
Scottish Borders, Scotlandunitary council area since 1996
Contained Places
Hamlet
Blyth Bridge ( - 1975 )
Inhabited place
Broughton ( - 1975 )
Innerleithen (village) ( - 1975 )
Peebles (town) ( - 1975 )
Walkerburn ( 1889 - 1975 )
Parish
Broughton Glenholm and Kilbucho ( 1794 - 1975 )
Drumelzier ( 1649 - 1975 )
Eddleston ( 1640 - 1975 )
Innerleithen ( 1642 - 1975 )
Kirkurd ( 1705 - 1975 )
Lyne ( 1649 - 1975 )
Manor ( 1663 - 1975 )
Newlands ( 1889 - 1975 )
Peebles ( 1622 - 1975 )
Skirling ( 1665 - 1975 )
Stobo ( 1671 - 1975 )
Traquair ( 1694 - 1975 )
Tweedsmuir ( 1644 - 1975 )
West Linton ( 1656 - 1975 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Peeblesshire (Siorrachd nam Pùballan in Gaelic), the County of Peebles or Tweeddale was a county of Scotland. Its main town was Peebles, and it bordered Midlothian to the north, Selkirkshire to the east, Dumfriesshire to the south, and Lanarkshire to the west.

After the local government reorganisation of 1975 the use of the name Peeblesshire was discontinued, and the area was governed as the district of Tweeddale.

The term Peeblesshire is still in common usage with local inhabitants as a form of identity and is regularly used in addresses as opposed to 'Tweedale' or 'Scottish Borders'. The local newspaper is called the Peeblesshire News and the area Peeblesshire used to cover approximates to the current catchment of Peebles High School.

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Although various sources have been inspected in accumulating these notes on Peebleshire and its parishes, none have discussed the meaning of the set of very unusual parish names.

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Research Tips

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

Notes for Peebleshire

  • GENUKI has a list of references for Peeblesshire. Some of these may be superseded by more modern material.
  • The Borders Family History Society provides a page of facts and publications for each of the parishes in its area. They have a lot of material and they publish monumental inscription books or CDs for many parishes. On each parish page is a map of the local area taken from either the Ordnance Survey Quarter-inch to the mile, Scotland, 1921-1923 series or the Ordnance Survey One-inch to the mile, Popular edition, Scotland, 1920-1930 series. These maps are not visible immediately upon opening a page, but worthwhile scrolling down to find.
  • The FreeCen Project has transcriptions of the whole of Peeblesshire online for the 1841 through 1871 censuses inclusive.

Further Sources of Reference

Please note and respect the copyright warnings on these websites.

  • Scottish Places article on the county of Peeblesshire. The tabs of the right provide more information, and a map of the parish within its surrounding area, with small settlements highlighted and linked to more information.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.


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