The sign post on the A68 between Jedburgh and St Boswells says Ancrum, and when you come into the village you see how it earned its old by-name of "Little Lovely." There is a triangular shaped green, bordered by trees, a weather beaten 12th century cross, neat cottage gardens and a serenity which has endured for decades. It is one of Scotland's oldest villages and being only twenty miles from the English border, it had its share of strife in the 16th century, when Henry VIII's vicious attacks took place. More than once with the village still smouldering the men and women rebuilt their homes.

Our Society

Ancrum & District Heritage Society is a not-for-profit community organisation, formed in 2016 to help conserve and improve the built environment of the historical village of Ancrum and to research and promote its rich heritage.

We are involving local communities in a range of learning, training projects and activities in the area.

We meet in Ancrum Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.00 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Membership is £15 per year and £25 for a couple . Non-members £3.00 per meeting.

To become a member of the society, please email:

The Ancrum & District Heritage Society was formed to :-

  • To promote the study of the history, archaeology and heritage of Ancrum and surroundings.

  • To advance the conservation and understanding of the archaeological heritage of Ancrum and surroundings

  • To communicate this knowledge to the wider community.

Here's some of the things we've been involved in locally :

  • archaeological digs

  • heritage trails

  • school days

  • public presentations

The original name for Ancrum comes from the river name Alne and the Cumbric crwn or Gaelic crom, meaning 'bend of the river Alne.' Crwn also seems to have come to mean walking stick and by extension someone who walked with a stick which could mean a Bishop. We could interpret the name as Alne + Crwn, The Bishop on the river Alne.