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Ancrum is located in Scottish Borders
Ancrum shown within the Scottish Borders
Population 392 (2001 census)
OS grid reference NT625245
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town JEDBURGH
Postcode district TD8
Dialling code 01835
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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.

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'.[1]

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.[2]

People from Ancrum[edit]

  • John Veitch (1752 – 1839), the founder of the Veitch Nurseries business, was born in Ancrum.[3]
  • Archibald Elliot (1760-1823), architect.
  • Reverend John Livingston (1603-1672), a leading Covenanter, was Minister in Ancrum from 1648-1662 when he was exiled to the Netherlands. His house in Ancrum still bears a mark “The Manse of John Livingston”.
  • Robert Livingston the Elder, (1654–1728), born in Ancrum, was the Secretary for Indian affairs of the New York Province and the first lord of Livingston Manor.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), (appendix at
  2. ^
  3. ^ Sue Shephard (2003). Seeds of Fortune - A Gardening Dynasty. Bloomsbury. p. 2. ISBN 0-7475-6066-8. 
  4. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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