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Ancrum is located in Scottish Borders
Location within the Scottish Borders
Population392 (2001 census)
OS grid referenceNT625245
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTD8
Dialling code01835
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°30′48″N 2°35′40″W / 55.513265°N 2.594581°W / 55.513265; -2.594581Coordinates: 55°30′48″N 2°35′40″W / 55.513265°N 2.594581°W / 55.513265; -2.594581

Ancrum (Scottish Gaelic: Alan Crom) is a village in the Borders area of Scotland, 5 km north west of Jedburgh.[1]

The village — which currently has a population of around 300 — is situated just off the A68 trunk road on the B6400 which runs through Ancrum. Lilliesleaf lies 7 miles (11 km) further along the B6400 and Denholm can be reached along the unclassified road which runs parallel to the River Teviot.

Village green, Ancrum
War Memorial, Ancrum
Ancrum Primary School


William J. Watson derived Ancrum from the river-name Alne + Cumbric crwm or Gaelic crom, meaning 'bend of the river Alne'.[2]

Points of interest[edit]

Two local landmarks which are visible from certain areas around the village are the Waterloo Monument and the Timpendean Tower.

Ancrum sits in a loop in the Ale Water which is where the name derives from (crooked land on the Ale). The Ale joins the River Teviot just to the south which in turn then flows past Monteviot House.

The area just north of the village was the site of the Battle of Ancrum Moor in 1545[3] when the village was substantially destroyed.[4] Nether Ancrum became a Burgh of barony in 1639.[1]

People from Ancrum[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Overview of Ancrum". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), (appendix at
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Francis H. Groome, ed. (1885). Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. Thomas C. Jack.
  5. ^ Sue Shephard (2003). Seeds of Fortune - A Gardening Dynasty. Bloomsbury. p. 2. ISBN 0-7475-6066-8.
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.

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