The history of the Scottish Borders is part of the story of the Scottish nation with names such as Brydon, Henderson and Maxwell well established Scottish families.
Resources at the heritage hub include
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Whether using organised tours or exploring at your own pace, you can discover friendly towns and villages with their local festivals and traditions such as the summer Common Ridings.
You can’t beat a bit of local knowledge! Continue your search at the Heritage Hub in Hawick, the state-of-the-art home of the Scottish Borders Archive, Local and Family History Service. They acquire, preserve and make available to the public the documentary heritage of the region.
Find the places where your ancestors lived, worked and died: the streets and houses they lived in; the schools they attended; the churches where they married; the countryside they knew; the headstones marking their graves.
Long centuries of dispute between the Scots and the English resulted in many changes to the border between the two countries – the town of Berwick itself changed hands from Scotland to England several times. You may find that your research will take you to and fro across the border.
These are the names of just some of the long-established Borders families. The history of the Scottish Borders is part of the story of the Scottish nation, and of the wider world. Evocative names such as Mungo Park, Sir Thomas Brisbane, Earl Haig of Bemersyde, Ann Redpath, Jim Clark, John Buchan, Sir Walter Scott and many more: sportsmen, writers, artists, scientists, explorers – all have strong family ties with the Scottish Borders.
Whether using organised tours or exploring at your own pace, you can discover friendly towns and villages with their local festivals and traditions such as the summer Common Ridings. Explore our dramatic and colourful history through special events such as a medieval fayre, a walking festival or a clan gathering.
Take part in a wide variety of sporting pursuits. Or spectate from the sidelines at a rugby match, with all its fervour and rivalry: it’s a matter of great local pride that an area of such low population should make such an enormous contribution to the game at a national level, as well as supplying so many of Scotland’s greatest rugby players. .
What makes the Scottish Borders such a hugely popular tourist destination is the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region. Walking, golfing, horse riding, mountain biking, windsurfing, clay pigeon shooting, birds of prey, off road driving, the list is long! Through the centre of the region, tracing a silvery course from the hills to the sea, runs the River Tweed, fed by its many tributaries and providing some of the best fishing in Scotland.
Make use of our modern sports centres and swimming pools, or enjoy the open Scottish Borders countryside and view nature at its seasonal best. Whatever your interests or however you like to spend your free time, you'll find something to keep you entertained in the Scottish Borders.
A full list of events and activities in the Scottish Borders will be added to the Back to the Borders website very shortly.
The Scottish Borders is not just an area of outstanding natural beauty. A colourful and turbulent history has shaped Borders life over the centuries, instilling a local pride and passion in all who live here. Castles, abbeys and stately homes all have their tale to tell of the part they played in Scottish history.
Our many museums tell the story of the people of the Scottish Borders from the earliest times to the present day, their struggles, their homes, their work and their leisure.
As the Borders is a region famed for its textiles we think you'll want to browse and buy beautiful tweeds and tartans and the highest quality knitwear from our mills and shops.
Scottish Borders Council has a network of libraries and archive centres that can assist you in your ancestral research and there are genealogists and family history groups that can offer additional help.