Dumfriesshire, Chapman code "DFS" and sometimes shortened to Dumfries, is the county. Its main town is Dumfries so the two are sometimes confused. This page is about Borthwicks anywhere in the county of Dumfriesshire.
As my own family came from Moffat and probably Kirkpatrick Juxta I am creating separate pages for those places. As a consequence there is some duplication of information, hopefully not too much to be frustrating. If you'd like to search other pages on this site for Borthwicks in Scotland they are:
The information on this page is posted here with thanks to many generous genealogists on the various Scottish Mailing Lists, hosted by Rootsweb.
Please email me if you think you have a connection to any Borthwicks mentioned on this page. I may be able to put you in touch with someone who is researching your family.
I'd also love to hear from you if you have any information that you'd be happy to share on these pages. Each piece of information, no matter how small, will help eventually to untangle the Borthwicks of the world so contributions are always gratefully received.
My own ancestors, John Borthwick & Elizabeth Dinwoodie both had strong DFS connections. Elizabeth's father, John Dinwoodie, was a farmer of Dumfries, and two of John and Elizabeth Borthwick's sons were baptised at Moffat. I am fairly certain that ancestors and cousins came from this area, as well as from Peebleshire and surrounds.
Robert Borthwick & Martha Scott: I am almost convinced that this Robert Borthwick, who lived in Victoria (Australia) & in New Zealand in the 1860s & 1870s, was the brother of Alexander Borthwick, paint manufacturer, of Victoria. Both Robert and Martha were born in Dumfriesshire - she in Moffat and he in either Borgue, Kircudbrightshire or Moffat. I have been corresponding with one of Robert's descendants, who is not so convinced, and we would love to hear from other descendants of Robert Borthwick and Martha Scott. Perhaps by sharing information we'll find the answer.
Surnames of descendants of Robert and Martha include BEAMISH, DEAGUE, FIFE, HUDSON, KINZEL, O'SHEA, REES, SMITH, WARING and WHEELER. Please email me if you think you may be connected to this Borthwick family.
My reasons for suspecting a connection with my family are these:
And since New Zealand is not far away ... NZ descendants of George Borthwick and Agnes Dalrymple would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about that family. George Borthwick, b. circa 1750, d, after February 1819 in Scotland. He married Agnes Dalrymple on 6 February 1775 in Keir, Dumfries, Scotland. Agnes Dalrymple b circa 1750 in Scotland, d after June 1791 in Scotland. Their children were all born in Keir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
There is a detailed family tree for this family on the John Borthwick, 1720+ page.
Dumfries and Kirkcudbright sections of Pigot's southern Scotland 1825 directory on CD. (Thank you Joy Salt.)
1851 Dfs 06 County-Enumeration District
Dumfrieshire -A Sanquhar
The following Borthwicks made Poor Relief Applications in Scotland. The items for each person are surname, first name, husband's name (for females), age, place of application, year of application, year of birth. If you'd like to obtain further information about any of these applications you can contact the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, a Scottish Family History Group, or email researcher Des Garrity - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some marriages at Kirkpatrick-Juxta:
Thank you A E Rutherford for the following Borthwicks listed in the Lieutenancy Minutes for the Subdivision of Eskdale. This covers the Parishes of Canonbie, Langholm, Ewes, Westerkirk and Eskdalemuir and contains a complete list of all the men aged 19 to 23 living in these Parishes in 1802. The list contains 868 names.
Thank you Lilias for painstakingly researching and sharing this information:
#4----- Jan.8, 1846 Adam Borthwick, formerly residing at Moat, now of Middlecrossleys, Seized :--in the 1/2 Merk land of Crossleys, now called Middlecrossleys, par. Holywood:--- on Disp. by the Commissioners for Kinloch Winlaw Kirk, now or lately in the service of the E.I.Co. Bengal Medical Establishment, and Assistant Surgeon to the Bundelkund Legion, May 13, 1845. P.R. 137... 159
# 622 ------ Dec. 21, 1848. The Trustees of Adam Borthwick of Middlecrossleys, Seized:---- in the half Merk land of Crossleys, now called Middle Crossleys, par. Holywood:----on Disp. and Settl. by the said Adam Borthwick, with the consent of Ellenor Callendar, his spouse., Aug. 6, 1815. P.R. 143. 137
3.#732 -- Dec. 11, 1858 ----- William
Borthwick, residing in Carterhope, Tweedsmuir; Registers Feu Disp.
to himself, by John James Hope Johnstone of Annandale, Nov. 1, 1858,
------ of the northmost and second northmost Bankhead Parks, containing
9 acres, and 7 acres and 15 poles; being parts of the 10 pound land
of Moffat, parish Moffat. P.R. 165. 85
These death records have been researched and shared by Lilias who has very generously tped them up to share with other rersearchers on these pages. Thank you once again Lilias for your great generosity!
Readers who are researching Borthwick deaths should also check the section below for extracts from newspapers as these contain information about births, marriages and deaths in Dumfriesshire.
1858-1860 Civil Registration: Death
Index Entries for Scotland
Margaret Borthwick, 73 yrs., widow of Alexander Borthwick, Captain Royal Navy, died on May 20, 1865, at Buchleugh Street, Dumfries. Parents: Richard Rawline, farmer, and Janet Howatson. Present: Alexander Borthwick, son.
Jane Borthwick, 27 years, married
to Alexander Borthwick, M.D., died on July 1, 1872, at #7 George
St., Dumfries. Parents: Robert Paterson, farmer, (dec), and Agnes
Jardine (dec). Present: Samuel Boyd, Uncle - in - law, Marchmount,
Margaret Borthwick, 67 yrs., single, died on May 1, 1858, at Rigg. Parents: Christopher Borthwick, farmer, (dec), and Lilias Glendinning,(dec), Cause: Apoplexy. Buried Closeburn Churchyard. Present: Wm. Lorimer, nephew.
Eliz. Borthwick Doughty, 19 weeks, died on Dec. 1, 1858, at Carronfoot. Parents: David Doughty, forrester, and Lillias Lorimer. Buried: Durrisdeer Churchyard. Present: David Doughty, father.
Helen Borthwick, 73 yrs., widow of Christopher Borthwick, Knock Westerhead (?) died on Sept. 11, 1863, at Kirkstyle, Ewes. Parents: John Douglas, mason, and Janet Turnbull. Present: John Douglas, son-in-law.
Isabella Borthwick, 68 yrs., married to Thomas Borthwick, landed proprietor, Carrickrigg. Parents: Wm. Rodan, landed proprietor, (dec), and Hannah Crocket (dec). Cause: Valvular heart disease. Present: Thomas Borthwick, husband.
Janet Borthwick, 34 yrs., married to William Borthwick, ag. lab.,died on April 19, 1871, at Lochhouse Tower, Kirkpatrick-Juxta,. Parents: George Brown, general lab., and Margaret Brydon. Cause: Typhoid Fever - 14 days. Present: Wm. Borthwick, widower.
John Borthwick, clogger, single, 29 years, died on April 20, 1856, at Henry St., Langholm. Parents: Matthew Borthwick, carter, and Janet Horinam (?) . Cause: Phthisis, 12 mos. Buried Langholm Churchyard. Present: Matthew Borthwick, father.
Janet Borthwick, 74 years, widow, died on July 14, 1856, at Caroline St., Langholm,. Parents: James McVitie, weaver, (dec), and Janet Dueth (?), (dec). Buried Wauchope Churchyard. Present: Francis Borthwick, son.
Elizabeth Borthwick, 10 weeks, illegitimate, died on Jan.6, 1867, at Kirk Wyne, Langholm. Parents: ------- and Margaret Borthwick, mill worker. Cause: Whooping Cough, 5 weeks. Present: Margaret Borthwick, mother. , her (X) mark.
William Borthwick, Colonel, Madras Army, 80 yrs., married to Maria Maxwell, died on July 26, 1867, at Longwood, Langholm. Parents: William Borthwick, farmer, and Elizabeth Hay. Cause: Disease of Prostate Gland, and paralisis of bladder -- years. Present: George Maxwell, brother-in-law, Tarras Lodge, Berkenham (?), Kent 4.
Janet Agnes Borthwick, 3 1/2 yrs., died on Jan. 18, 1871, at Henry St., Langholm. Parents: Thomas Borthwick, master plasterer, and Agnes Lauder. The father signed.
Francis Borthwick, 49 yrs., dyer, widower of Isabella Martin,; died on Jan. 31, 1871, at Buccleugh Terrace, Langholm. Parents: Alexander Borthwick, cotton weaver, (dec), and Janet McVittie (dec). Cause: Pneumonia, 10 days, Present: Alexander Borthwick, son, . Address : Buccleugh Square, Langholm.
Jane Borthwick, 86 yrs., single, died on Apil 20, 1871, at Broomrigg, Langholm. Parents: Alexander Borthwick, farmer, and Elizabeth Hay. Present: Jessie Stewart, niece.
In this section are some Borthwick extracts from the Dumfries & Galloway Standard. The Ewart Library in Dumfries has indices to these newspapers from the late 1700s onward, a fantastic resource for genealogists. If you are researching in Dumfriesshire an email or letter to the Library is highly recommended.
If anyone is researching any of the families mentioned in the following extracts please email me as we may have a connection.
Here are some of the indexes from the Dumfries newspapers. They are not complete as they are for entries that Lilias thought were her own family. Please email me if you think you have a connection to any of the Borthwicks listed here.
The following bits and pieces come from various sources, including internet sites. If you find something of interest here it is strongly suggested that you contact the source and also seek out the original records.
In December 1855 a Chris Borthwick was Registrar of Middlebie Parish, Dumfries. Robert Grieve & his wife Mary Thomson had a son born at Alfornothing on the 16th October 1835 & baptized James. Registered on 31st December 1855 (OPR 841/2, Fr 225) by Chris Borthwick. See "Genealogical Gems" on the GRO page.
(more to be added)
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