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County (until circa 1890)
Country Scotland
County town Peebles
 • Total 899 km2 (347 sq mi)
  Ranked 25th
Chapman code PEE

Peeblesshire (Siorrachd nam Pùballan in Gaelic), the County of Peebles or Tweeddale is a historic county of Scotland. Its county town is Peebles, and it borders Midlothian to the north, Selkirkshire to the east, Dumfriesshire to the south, and Lanarkshire to the west.[1]

After the local government reorganisation of 1975 the county lost its administrative status, and the area was governed as the district of Tweeddale.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms of the county, which was matriculated by the Lord Lyon in 1931, ia as follows: Quarterly, 1st sable five fraises (strawberry leaves) argent; 2nd azure, a horse's head couped argent; 3rd vert, a fleece or; 4th or, fretty gules, on a chief embattled of the last, two thunderbolts of the first. The arms are supported by two salmon proper, and the crest is a Border cavalryman. The motto is ONWARD TWEEDDALE. The first quarter is the arms of Fraser of Oliver Castle, a prominent local laird; the second, that of Horsburgh, another prominent local laird; the third, a reference to the area's wool industry; and the fourth, that of M. G. (later Sir Michael) Thorburn of Glenormiston, who was sheriff of Peebles at the time of the arms' matriculation.[2]


Drumelzier Castle by Francis Grose c.1790
Stobo Castle

Civil Parishes[edit]

PEEBLESSHIRE Civil Parish map. c.1854. Boundaries are outlined in red

Coordinates: 55°45′N 3°15′W / 55.750°N 3.250°W / 55.750; -3.250


Most common surnames in Peeblesshire at the time of the United Kingdom Census of 1881,[3] by order of incidence:


  1. ^ "Genuki - Peeblesshire". 
  2. ^ Urquhart, R.M. Scottish Burgh and County Heraldry. Heraldry Today. p. 232.  consulted 19 December 2013.
  3. ^ Most Common Surnames in Peeblesshire

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