Denholm  Roxburghshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Denholm like this:

Denholm, a village in Cavers parish, Roxburghshire, on a low plateau above the right bank of the Teviot, 2 miles E of Hassendean station, and 5 NE of Hawick. With a deep wooded dell to the W, called DenholmDean, it forms a square round a neatly-fenced public green, and chiefly consists of well-built houses with gardens attached, having been greatly improved by the late James Douglas, Esq. ...

of Cavers. Yet, modern as it looks, the place is old, since we read of its burning by Hertford in 1545. The low, thatched, whitewashed cottage still stands on the N side of the village, in which was born the scholar-poet John Leyden (1775-1811), and in the middle of the village green an obelisk was erected to his memory in 1861. Inhabited mainly by stocking weavers, quarrymen, and farm labourers, Denholm has a post office under Hawick, with money order, savings' bank, insurance, and telegraph departments, 3 inns, a stone bridge over the Teviot (1864), a Free church (1844; 364 sittings), a public school, an excellent subscription library, a horticultural society (1849), and public waterworks, which, formed in 1874 at a cost of more than £700, draw their supply from a spring nearly 2 miles Distant, and afford 50 gallons per day for each inhabitant. Pop. (1861) 766, (1871) 659, (1881) 645. See Cavers.

Denholm through time

Denholm is now part of Scottish Borders district. Click here for graphs and data of how Scottish Borders has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Denholm itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Denholm, in Scottish Borders and Roxburghshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 10th August 2022

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