Mostly from the nineteenth century

from the Parishes of

Kelso Country Churches

Author: James Smith, Session Clerk

Jim Smith is fascinated by the history of these parts, especially the  eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and has been going through the archives of  local and other newspapers of these times which are now available on line.

Jim has been studying these newspapers and unearthing a fascinating account of what life was like then.

Through the newspapers, we see the trials of the local people and how they lived.  The news is dominated by “the Farms”, “the Kirk”, “the Courts”, “the Village School” and “the Big House”.  The church had a huge influence in those times. How times have changed. And it also provided much of the social interactions for all ages.

The books are interspersed with photographs, many of which are his own.

If you would like to purchase one or all of  the books, Jim would be delighted to hear from you.  They are £10 each and all proceeds will go towards church funds which is much needed at this time when our churches are closed.

Contact Jim on 01573 470 250,