County (until circa 1890)
Country Scotland
County town Peebles
  Total 899 km2 (347 sq mi)
  Ranked 25th
Chapman code PEE
PEEBLESSHIRE Civil Parish map. c.1854. Boundaries are outlined in red
Drumelzier Castle by Francis Grose c.1790
Stobo Castle

Peeblesshire (Siorrachd nam Pùballan in Gaelic), the County of Peebles or Tweeddale is a historic county of Scotland. Its county town is Peebles, and it borders Midlothian to the north, Selkirkshire to the east, Dumfriesshire to the south, and Lanarkshire to the west.[1]

After the local government reorganisation of 1975 the county lost its administrative status, and the area was governed as the district of Tweeddale.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the county, which was matriculated by the Lord Lyon in 1931, ia as follows: Quarterly, 1st sable five fraises (strawberry leaves) argent; 2nd azure, a horse's head couped argent; 3rd vert, a fleece or; 4th or, fretty gules, on a chief embattled of the last, two thunderbolts of the first. The arms are supported by two salmon proper, and the crest is a Border cavalryman. The motto is ONWARD TWEEDDALE. The first quarter is the arms of Fraser of Oliver Castle, a prominent local laird; the second, that of Horsburgh, another prominent local laird; the third, a reference to the area's wool industry; and the fourth, that of M. G. (later Sir Michael) Thorburn of Glenormiston, who was sheriff of Peebles at the time of the arms' matriculation.[2]

Civil parishes

  1. Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho (union of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho)
  2. Drumelzier
  3. Eddleston
  4. Innerleithen
  5. Kirkurd
  6. Linton
  7. Lyne, Scottish Borders
  8. (formerly Lyne and Megget)
  9. Manor, Scottish Borders
  10. Newlands, Scottish Borders
  11. Peebles
  12. Skirling
  13. Stobo Stobo Castle
  14. Traquair
  15. Tweedsmuir

Community Councils

(Scottish Borders Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils) [3]

  1. Carlops
  2. Eddleston
  3. Innerleithen and District
  4. Lamancha, Newlands and Kirkurd
  5. Manor, Stobo and Lyne
  6. Royal Burgh of Peebles and District
  7. Skirling
  8. Tweedsmuir
  9. Upper Tweed
  10. Walkerburn
  11. West Linton


The most common surnames in Peeblesshire at the time of the United Kingdom Census of 1881 by order of incidence were:[4]

  1. Scott
  2. Brown
  3. Wilson
  4. Tait
  5. Anderson
  6. Thomson
  7. Smith
  8. Watson
  9. Veitch
  10. Murray


  1. "Genuki - Peeblesshire".
  2. Urquhart, R.M. Scottish Burgh and County Heraldry. Heraldry Today. p. 232. consulted 19 December 2013.
  3. Scottish Borders Council: Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils (under Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994) retrieved June 2016
  4. Most Common Surnames in Peeblesshire

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