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Ashkirk is located in Scottish Borders
Ashkirk shown within the Scottish Borders
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55°29′N 2°50′W / 55.48°N 02.84°W / 55.48; -02.84Coordinates: 55°29′N 2°50′W / 55.48°N 02.84°W / 55.48; -02.84

Ashkirk is a small village on the Ale Water, in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. It is located on the A7 road, approximately 6 miles each way between Selkirk to the north and Hawick to the south.

Other places nearby include the Alemoor Loch, Appletreehall, Belses, Essenside Loch, the Ettrick Water, Ettrickbridge, Philiphaugh, Salenside and Woll.


Formerly, two thirds of the parish of Ashkirk lay in Roxburghshire and one third in Selkirkshire,[1] including an enclave of Selkirkshire just east of the village[2] around Synton. In 1891 a Boundary Commission moved the whole parish into Selkirkshire and added to Ashkirk a detached portion of the parish of Selkirk just west of the village, which was already in Selkirkshire (Todrig).[3]

Notable persons[edit]

Scottish-Australian poet and bush balladeer Will H. Ogilvie (1869–1963) was born near Kelso, Scottish Borders, and from 1918 to his death he first leased then bought the Presbyterian church manse 'Kirklea' on the northside of Ashkirk.[4] After returning from Australia (1889–1901), Ogilvie continued as a poet, and became known as the Border poet, including penning Galloping shoes, Over the grass, Handful of leather, and The road to Roberton. His wife Madge is buried with her parents in nearby Ettrickbridge.

Doug Davies, Scottish rugby player, was born in Ashkirk.[5]

Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, grew up in Ashkirk.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Statistical Account of Scotland, Vol III Roxburgh, Peebles, Selkirk, publ.William Blackwood, 1845 p. 268
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey One-inch to the mile maps of Scotland, 1st Edition, Jedburgh, pul. 1864
  3. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland 2nd edition, by Francis Groome, publ. 1896; articles on Ashkirk and Selkirk
  4. ^ OGILVIE, George Thomas Anderson (July 1994). Balladist of Borders & Bush. ISBN 0952463407. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Alasdair Allan

External links[edit]

Houses at Ashkirk