Kelso's Places

Kelso Heritage Society

Local History in Kelso

The Kelso Heritage Society exists to promote the rich and diverse historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Kelso and district

The Kelso Heritage Society exists to promote the rich and diverse historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Kelso and district

What we are about

The main purposes of the Kelso Heritage Society are:

  • To promote awareness of local heritage.
  • To seek ways to re-establish a museum or heritage facility in Kelso.
  • To forge links with the local schools, community groups and youth organisations to promote education of local heritage.
  • To liaise and co-operate with local, regional and national agencies to promote the heritage of Kelso and District.

What we are currently working on

The Society is currently working on developing community based projects including:

  • Planting an Abbey Orchard
  • Protecting historic features and updating the town trail
  • Tidying the riverbank and clearing scrub from Kelso Bridge area
  • Producing promotional material & creating a heritage hub

What else do we do?

Kelso Heritage Society contributes to locally organised events and exhibitions. In addition, the Society holds eight public lectures a year, four in November and four in March. These are on a Wednesday evening at the Abbey Row Community Centre and start at 7.30pm.

Find out more about Kelso Heritage Society on our webpage at


2017/18 Syllabus

The Society arranges public lectures on local history themes, four in March and four In November. All lectures are held in Room 4 at Abbey Row Centre, Kelso at 7.30pm.

  Nov 2017
Wednesday, 1st November AGM & EGM
Border Place Names

by Christine Henderson
Wednesday, 8th November In the Footsteps of the Covenanters
by Rob Mitchell
Wednesday, 15th November A Runaway Slave in Dunse
by David McLean
Wedensday, 22nd November Norham – the Most Dangerous Place in England
by Martha Andrews
  March 2018
Wednesday, 7th March Hume Castle and Village:
(the results of a photogrammetric survey using drone photography)

by Piers Dixon & Georgina Brown
Wednesday, 14th March Policing in the Scottish Borders during WW1
by Dr. David Smale
Wednesday, 21st March The Clay Family
by Trevor Swan
Wednesday, 28th March Reflections
by Isabel Gordon

Looking Forward
by Derek Robeson

Become a Member of Kelso Heritage Society

Become a Member and provide support that is vital to the ongoing work of The Society to promote awareness of local history in Kelso and to support the work of Scottish Borders Council’s Museums Service.

Subscription to 'Kelso Heritage Society' is open to individuals and families.

Become a Member Subscription Form »

Contact Kelso Heritage Society

Kelso Heritage Society
Secretary, tel. 01573 224951.

Publications Kelso's History

Kelso Heritage Society have published four books about Kelso and its history. The books are available to purchase from The Friends and local outlets (see below).

Historic Kelso by Audrey Mitchell

Historic Kelso
Audrey Mitchell, 2009
A pocket guide for the discerning tourist.

Kelso Abbey
Christine Henderson, 2010
A brief history.

We're From Kelso
Kelso Connections, 2009
Biographies of characters with Kelso connections.

We're From Kelso Too
Kelso Connections, 2015
A further 25 biographies of characters with Kelso connections.

Purchase Information

Available from Kelso Heritage Society and the local outlets listed below.

Kelso Heritage Society are currently offering both books for the combined price of £9.

To purchase please contact Kelso Heritage Society on tel. 01573 224753.

Local outlets:

  • Browns Newsagent & Post Office
  • Hector Innes Photography
  • Visit Scotland Tourist Information Centre
  • W J Blair Jewellers