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800 years of archives

Collections

The Heritage Hub is the key source for 800 years of archives and for published information on every aspect of life for the Scottish Borders (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire). These collections include material about the locality or written by local people with a Scottish Borders connection. Resources available include information on local industries, towns, people, houses, buildings and landscapes. The diverse collections highlight the rich culture and heritage of the Scottish Borders.

Collections include archives of textile businesses, rugby clubs, fishing and farming industries, schools, churches, clubs and societies, charities and families. Resources available include title deeds, maps and plans, photographs, letterheads, correspondence, minute books, accounts, diaries and oral histories. Local newspapers and periodicals such as the Border Magazine provide insights into the history, biography, poetry and folklore of the Scottish Borders.

Special Collections

  • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) the well-known Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet spent much of his life in the Scottish Borders. The extensive collection of his works includes the Waverley Novels
  • James Hogg (1770-1845) A Scottish poet and novelist, he is also widely known as the Ettrick Shepherd
  • Andrew Lang (1844-1912) born in Selkirk, was a Scottish poet, novelist and literary critic. The collection includes his famous works collectively known as Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, a collection of fairy tales from around the world
  • Bill McLaren (1923-2010), legendary rugby commentator
  • Textile industry records including Peter Scott & Co, Pringles, Ballantynes, William Brown, Robert Noble, Reid and Taylor and many others
  • The Heritage Hub is a specialist centre for the study of internment, with particular emphasis on Stobs Camp