Castleton parish is more commonly known as Liddesdale. Historically it is strongly associated with the notorious Border Reivers who were dominant here in the 16th century. Those searching for their ancestors here may well be looking for some of the famous reiver names. Names like Armstrong, Elliot, Crozier, Nixon and Henderson still feature strongly in later records from this parish.
I’ve attempted to bring together some new family history resources which should be of interest to everyone with Liddesdale ancestry. These are designed to complement the information that can be got from the conventional genealogical resources that you might use such as Old Parish Registers, Censuses and Monumental Inscriptions. Hopefully, they may help you in your search. Some of these resources are available free of charge with a small Paypal charge for others.
Find here a list of farms/locations in Castleton parish as listed in the Buccleuch Estate Records of 1814-15.
Castleton Parish – Births in the Kirk Session Records 1697 – 1842. Hundreds of illegitimate births recorded with father’s name. Indexed on both mother and father’s names. Also almost 200 early baptisms from years 1707-1711 which do not appear in the OPRs.
Castleton Parish – Marriages in the Kirk Session Records 1700 – 1842 Includes early banns/marriages from 1707-1711 which do not appear in the OPRs, irregular marriages, and rebukes for ante-nuptial fornication. Almost 200 marriages in all.
Castleton Parish – List of all Male Heads of Families who are Communicants 1835. Includes 137 names with occupations and locations. Extracted from the Kirk Session records.
Liddesdale Farm Rental 1630 transcribed from the earliest available Buccleuch Estate Records. Most of Liddesdale was part of the Buccleuch estate.
NEW for June 2022 Liddesdale Farm Rental 1681 transcribed from the Buccleuch Estate Records of 1681 . Most of Liddesdale was part of the Buccleuch estate.
Liddesdale Farm Rental 1738-1739 transcribed from Buccleuch Estate Records. Details of about 100 farm tenants in Liddesdale
Liddesdale Farm Rental 1766-1767 transcribed from Buccleuch Estate Records.
Liddesdale Farm Rental 1814-1815 transcribed from Buccleuch Estate Records.
Castleton Militia List 1802 men in the parish age 18-45 eligible for militia service in 1802. Includes addresses and occupations.