St. Mary’s and Old Parish Church, Hawick, Scotland

Today, I a attended an ancestral tourism workshop in Hawick, Scottish Borders.

Hawick ( pronounced ‘ Hoick’) is a substantial town about 55 miles (88 Km) directly south of Edinburgh and centrally situated for the Borders region.

In the centre of Hawick has been established a Heritage Hub which is a repository for local and family history records dating back 750 years and which encompasses material relating to:

  • Families and local communities.
  • Censuses, births, deaths and marriages.
  • Land ownership from the 16th century.
  • Local business records including the important textile industries plus the fishing and farming sectors.
  • Administration and schools.
  • Famous personages such as Sir Walter Scott.

At the Hub are facilities and assistance to aid research into family history, properties and other historic aspects of the area.

This workshop proved a good opportunity to network and improve knowledge of opportunities for ancestry themed tourism in the Scottish Borders and other regions.

Centre of Hawick, Scottish Borders

Reception at Heritage Hub, Hawick, Scotland

Facsimile of ancient document on display at Heritage Hub, Hawick

Ancient documents dating back to 1368 at Hawick Heritage Hub

Modern, electronically controlled ar,chival storage at Heritage Hub

 To date, Clan Armstrong has proved the most popular of my Borders ancestry themed tours.

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