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Floors Castle - Ancestral

Ancestral research

/ Was your great, great granddad a footman?
Was Aunt May a Nurse Maid?
Do you believe you have an ancestral connection with Floors Castle or the Roxburghe Estate?

If you want to know more then Floors Castle is here to help.
Whilst records are not available at the Castle and we do not have an archivist, we will endeavour to help you research your ancestors.


Where to start

/ Here at Floors Castle we are always looking to expand our knowledge of the history of the Castle.
With your help it is hoped that we can collect enough personal stories and pictures to create an attractive and informative display.
Why not send us your findings?
Records for Floors Castle exsit back to the 1700’s. Catalogues of the archives are available from the National Archives of Scotland.
National Archives of Scotland, HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Tel: 0131 535 1314

/ It is recommended that when you contact NAS with your enquiry that you have some background knowledge i.e. names and dates. Once they have this information they will do their best to respond appropriately with information on any documents they hold. Alternatively, you can go to their website and make use of their online search facility.

You can log on to their website and start your research there or visit the office in person and make use of their computer terminals for a small but very reasonable charge. Although there are 100 places, they are very popular and it is advisable to book in advance.
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
Tel: 0131 226 4531
This is Scotland’s largest library holding a wonderful collection of newspapers, manuscripts and maps.


Local resources

/ The Heritage Hub
Based in Hawick, the Heritage Hub is the home of Scottish Borders Archives and Local History services. The Heritage Hub also has an online search facility.

Local Registrars
Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates are available from local registrars. You can contact the Kelso registrar at The Town House, Kelso, TD5 7HF or by calling 01573 225659
For more guidance, we recommend that you visit


Other resources

General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), New Register House, Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
Tel: 0131 334 0380
The largest and perhaps the best collection of records available is held with the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Its vast library brings together the registers of births, marriages and deaths, decennial census returns and parochial registers.
Ancestral Scotland -
A unique and very comprehensive database providing information on Scottish Clans, geneology records and research resources for tracing your roots and ancestral lineage..


Send us your findings

Post your details to:
The Administrator, Floors Castle, Estate Office,
Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7SF
or click here to send us an message using our online Ancestral Research form.

We strongly recommend that you send copy items only by recorded delivery.


Ancestral research form:

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Eating at Floors

Eating at Floors
Delicious food served here! All of our food is made in the Castle Kitchens. You can enjoy everything from tea and cake to delicious lunches at our Terrace or Courtyard Cafes. View offer


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Floors Castle

Floors Castle
Opening Times If you're planning a trip to the Scottish Borders, Floors Castle is a must see attraction. Take a look at out opening hours. Opening times
Application Form for
General Conditions of Let

Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.

Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.

Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.

Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.

Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.

Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.

References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.

Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.

Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)

Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.

Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF