A short list of the  names which would suggest that your ancestors may have  come from the Lowlands is Armstrong, Baptie, Beattie, Bell, Coltherd, Cockburn, Crozier, Dalgliesh, Davidson, Douglas, Elliot, Graham,Harkness, Hislop, Hume, Johnstone, Kerr, Laidlaw, Murray, Nichol, Potts, Pringle, Scott, Stenhouse, Turnbull, Tweddle, Veitch, Watson, Wilson. This list is far from exhaustive but features the most common Borders names.

Which areas do you cover?



While I will research family trees for anywhere in Scotland due to my location I need to restrict my additional services to the Borders, Dumfriesshire and North Northumberland and Cumberland.  These additional services are providing photos of where your ancestors lived and research of documents in local archives such as school registers, employment records etc.  For Northumberland and Cumberland this also includes looking for wills and other documentation in the archives. 


Berwickshire includes the Parishes of: Abbey St Bathans, Ayton, Chirnside, Cockburnspath, Coldingham, Coldstream, Duns, Earlston, Eccles, Eyemouth, Foulden, Gordon, Greenlaw, Hume, Legerwood, Leitholm, Longformacus, Preston, Reston, St Abbs, and Swinton.  

Roxburghshire includes the Parishes of:  Ashkirk, Ancrum, Belses, Blainslie, Craik, Crailing, Darnick, Denholm, Eckford, Edgerston,  Ednam, Gattonside, Hawick, Heiton, Hermitage, Hownam, Jedburgh, Kirkton, Kelso, Ladhope, Lilliesleaf, Linton, Melrose, Midlem, Morebattle, Newcastleton, Oxnam, Redpath, Riccarton, Roberton, Roxburgh, St Boswells, Sprouston, Stitchell, Smailholm, Southdean and Teviothead.   

Selkirkshire includes the Parishes of: Clovenfords, Ettrick, Fountainhall, Heriot, Galashiels, Lindean,Selkirk, Stow and Yarrow.

Peeblesshire includes the Parishes of: Broughton, Blyth Bridge, Carlops, Drumelzier, Eddleston, Lamancha ,Leadburn, Innerleithen, Manor Valley, Peebles, Romanno Bridge, Stobo, Traquair, Tweedsmuir, Walkerburn and West Linton. 


Dumfriesshire includes the Parishes of: Ae, Annan, Auchencairn, Auldgirth, Beattock, Beeswing, Bentpath,Castle Douglas, Closeburn, Colvend, Dalbeattie,Dumfries, Dundrennan, Dunscore, Ecclefechan, Eskdalemuir, Ewes, Gretna, Hutton and Corrie, Kippford, Kirkcudbright, Kirkbean, Kirkton, Langholm, Lockerbie, Lochmaben, Moffat, New Abbey, Parkgate, Sanquhar, Thornhill, Troqueer, Moniave and Wamphrey, 


The areas I will consider covering in Cumberland :- Arthuret, Bewcastle, Brampton, Carlisle,  Gilsland, Hayton,Heathersgill, Houghton, Irthington,Kirklinton,Lanercost,Longtown, Nicol Forest, Roadhead, Scotby, Stapleton and Wetheral,  and in Northumberland:-  are Berwick - upon- Tweed, Carham,Cornhill,  Etal,Ford, Horncliffe, Lowick,Norham, Scremerston, Spittaland  Tweedmouth.