Heritage Hub (Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre)
Whilst the Hub does not contain many primary sources on the Reivers we can provide you with background information on the places your ancestors inhabited and the lifestyles that they led. We can also direct you to sources of national importance held at the National Records of Scotland (Edinburgh) and the National Archives (London).
At the Heritage Hub we can also provide you with guidance to sources on key Border families including the Armstrongs, Elliots, Scotts and Turnbulls. Whilst these may not date back to Reiver times these provide a picture of the history of land ownership by the local families
The Heritage Hub is an enthusiastic partner of Hawick Reivers Festival and has hosted the annual Hawick Archaeological Society talk at the festival for the past 3 years.
The Heritage Hub is the key source for 800 years of archives for the Scottish Borders (the historic counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire).
The diverse collections also include:
- Extensive rugby and textile collections
- Local government and administration, police, law and order records
- Business records and accounts, including textile, fishing and farming industries
- Archives of schools, churches, charities, clubs and societies, families and
- Title deeds, maps and plans, letterheads, photographs, correspondence and diaries
At the Heritage Hub, you can research your family tree and investigate the lives, activities and other aspects of the people and lands of the Borders. You can investigate families, communities, places and people (well known or not), land ownership and support for the poor.
Our wide range of history books, postcard and map collections and other printed sources explain, guide and add to the archive resources.
Details of our resources are available online through our catalogue HUBCAT or ScotlandsPeople centre. We offer an initial free enquiry service. In the time available, we can check a record for a specific date/place and advise on sources and the other services we offer. For more complex and in-depth enquiries we provide a paid remote research service. Further details are available on http://www.liveborders.org.uk/libraries_and_archives/archives/remote_research_service