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Selkirkshire, Roxburghshire
Approaching Roberton along the B711 - - 2909211.jpg
Grid reference: NT430143
Location: 55°25’10"N, 2°54’2"W
Post town: Hawick
Postcode: TD9
Dialling code: 01450
Local Government
Council: Scottish Borders
Roxburgh and Selkirk

Roberton is a small village in Selkirkshire adjacent to the border with Roxburghshire. Its parish extends across the border into the latter county and in fact the larger part lies in Roxburghshire, although the churchyard lies just on the Selkirkshire side of the border. The village is situate to the south of the churchyard on the B711 road and near to the A7, five miles from Hawick, 22 miles from Galashiels, and 23 miles from Langholm. It is situated by the Ale Water, the Alemoor Loch and the Borthwick Water, and nearby are Branxholme, Broadhaugh, Burnfoot and the Craik Forest.

Borders Poet

The Borders poet William Henry Ogilvie was born in Kelso in 1869. A cairn has been erected in his memory. "The hill road to Roberton's a steep road to climb, But where your foot has crushed it, you can smell the scented thyme, And if your heart's a Border heart, look down to Harden Glen, And hear the blue hills ringing with the restless hoofs again...."[1]

Borthwick Mains Symbol Stone

Half-a-mile to the east of the village, in front of the house at Borthwick Mains, is a fish symbol-stone, possibly representing a salmon.[2] The stone is five feet high, and the figure of a fish is three feet long, with the tail downwards, cut into the stone with pecked lines.[2] It is similar to class 1 Pictish symbol stones of the 6th or 7th century, but its status is doubtful, and it may belong to a more recent period.[3]



  • Brooke, CJ (2000) Safe sanctuaries: security and defence in Anglo-Scottish border churches 1290-1690, Edinburgh. Held at RCAHMS: F.5.31.BRO
  • THAS (1963) 'Sculptured stone found at Roberton'.

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