Kirk Session a matter of record

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THE Keeper of the Records of Scotland has presented the Heritage Hub with important historical documents from the 1600s.

At a small ceremony on Monday, George MacKenzie oversaw the transfer of Borders Kirk Session records from the National Archives of Scotland to Hawick’s archive centre – heralding another development in providing a picture of the heritage and culture of the region, and giving locals first-hand access.

Stories among the records include one from Westruther in 1650 when Cromwell’s army was in the area, and one from Stow on the Kirk’s interest in ensuring suspected witches were apprehended.

Hub archive manager Rachel Hosker said: “There are some fascinating stories about life and times which can be hard for us to imagine. Although these could be times when unrest and suspicions could start a series of events that could have terrible consequences, we also see evidence of folk looking after their own in the parish, including making sure the children had shoes and supporting farming business when bad harvests came.”