Place:Southdean and Abbotrule, Roxburghshire, Scotland

NameSouthdean and Abbotrule
Alt namesCharterissource: Borders Family History Society
Southdeansource: when not linked to Abbotrule
Coordinates55.3673°N 2.5726°W
Located inRoxburghshire, Scotland     (1696 - 1975)
See alsoBorders, Scotlandregional authority 1975-1996
Scottish Borders, Scotlandunitary council area since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog

From the website of the Borders Family History Society

Southdean is an upland Parish in the south of Roxburghshire on the border with England which was sometimes known as Charteris Parish. On the western boundary is the Parish of Hobkirk to the north and east lies the Parish of Jedburgh, the Parish of Edgerston lies to the east, the English County of Northumberland runs along the southern boundary whilst the Parish of Castleton lies to the south west.
According to the Gazetteer of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1806 - "Like the rest of the border districts, this parish affords many monuments of warlike antiquity, as camps, castles, and other fortifications".
The former Parish of Abbotrule (occasionally Abbotsrule) was suppressed in 1806 and divided between Southdean and Bedrule.
Southdean & Abbotrule and Hobkirk are now linked with the [ecclesiastical] Parish of Ruberslaw (a combination of the former Parishes of Bedrule and Minto).
Southdean Parish includes the small settlements of Abbotrule, Carter Bar and Chesters.


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 Roxburghshire

  • GENUKI has a list of references for Roxburghshire. Some of these may be superseded by more modern material.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 Roxburghshire online for the 1841 and 1851 censuses and 87% of the 1861 census.
  • The Southdean & Abbotrule Parish Registers for the Church of Scotland provide records of baptisms (1696-1854 for Southdean and 1755-1776 for Abbotrule), marriages (1736-1854 for Southdean and 1755-1776 for Abbotrule) and burials (1736-1844 for Southdean and none for Abbotrule). See the FamilySearch Wiki article on Southdean & Abbotrule for other church denominations.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • GENUKI article on Southdean. These articles often include a bibliography.
  • Scottish Places article on the parish of Southdean. 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 FamilySearch Wiki article on Southdean & Abbotrule provides direct reference to FamilySearch holdings on many topics with respect to the parish.
  • 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.