HISTORY of TWEEDSMUIR PARISH, UPPER TWEED VALLEY, PEEBLESSHIRE, SCOTLAND.  Including Information for Neighbouring Parishes.            

A! Fredome is a noble thing.

John Barbour, Scotland, c1375.


"You have to know the past to understand the present"

Quote by Carl Sagan 1934-1996. 

 Fraser of Oliver  


                              Fleming                     Hay                          Tweedie



      Hunter             Welsh                 Porteous           John Buchan

                                                                             1st. Lord Tweedsmuir   

The Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and Historic Scotland (H.S.) combined in 2015 to form a new organisation Historical Environment Scotland (H.E.S.).  The references in the following pages to the RCAHMS and HS should now be read as H.E.S. 


Items 1.1. to 1.5. below are the five buildings in Tweedsmuir Parish Listed by H.E.S.

1.1.  The Crook Inn.  Updated Jan/2017.

1.1.a Origin of the name Crook.   

 1.2.  Victoria Lodge.

1.3.1.  Tweedsmuir Present Kirk 1874-Present  Includes Introduction to the Tweedsmuir Churches.   Major Updates Jan/2017.

1.3.1.a  Tweedsmuir First Kirk 1648-1874.  Major Updates Mar/2017

1.3.1.b. Armorial Plaque - relic of first Kirk.

1.3.2Tweedsmuir Kirkyard.- Tweedie Aisle   Major Updates Mar/2017

1.3.3. Chapel Knowe.- Mound on which the Kirk is built

1.4.  Carlow's Bridge.

1.5.  Bield.   Updated Apr/2017

2.   Early Peoples. 4000BC Yew Longbow, Iron/Bronze age sites including the Giant's Grave.

3.   Standing and Other Stones  Updated Feb/2017

4.   The Romans in Upper Tweed and Ericstane. Gold Ericstanebrae Fibula.

5.   The Frasers. - Origins of name of Oliver - Oliver Castle.

5.1.The Yew Trees of Neidpath Castle.

6.   Hawkshaw- Porteous, Roman Marble Head.    Updated Feb/2017

7.   The Crown of Scotland.

8.   The Wells of Tweedsmuir.

9.   Covenanters in Upper Tweed.   Updated Apr/2017

10.  Forkfoots Farm - Site  of.    Updated Mar/2017

11.   Pilgrim Ways, Chapels and the Expansion of Christianity.  Updated Feb/2017

11.1. Ericstane and Old Roads at Devil's Beeftub.

12.   Tweed's Cross - Pilgrim's Way Marker and March boundary on Peebles/Dumfries County Boundary.

13.   Postie Stone - Mail Coach Monument. - Peebles/Dumfries County Boundary.

14.   Maclarens Leap. - Devils Beeftub - escape of Donald Maclaren.

15.   Linkumdoddie and Robert Burns' poem Willie Wastle's Wife.

16.   Welsh Family of Tweedsmuir.   Includes basic family Tree.

17.  Hay Family of Talla.  

18.  Talla Railway and Reservoir.

19.   John Buchan 1st Lord Tweedsmuir

20.  Great Plague of 1645 in the Upper Tweed. (NEW Feb 2017)

21.  Cadger Acre.     Tweedsmuir Cheese! (New Mar 2017)

22.  Halfmile House. (New Mar 2017)

23.  Formal Walled Gardens of Tweedsmuir.  (New Mar 2017)

A.   References/Bibliography.  For Tweedsmuir Parish Heritage.