please read "Kellow origins" first: Hume Castle:I felt that the visit to Hume Castle was an important stop due to the "connection" we held to the Hume Clan, as one of their "sept families."(13th century).As is the case with most of the Border's Castle's, and with Hadrian's Wall, the castle was located atop this promentory, in order to provide a strategtic vantage point for being able to see the approach of an enemy.From the "vieweing turret", located in the Southwest corner of the Hume Castle, you can look to the South - across the Valley of the River Tweed, and to the hills beyond - and imagine that the Armies of England are poised on the South Bank of the Tweed, ready for battle.If you turn, and look to the North, you can "see" the hard fighting Scots, getting themselves emotionally primed, to meet the English - head on.The view from this turret is spectacular.This area of Southeastern Scotland and the Northeastern part of Northumberland, England, is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.So serene and picturesque.Green rolling hills....gently flowing streams...lush, green pastures with dry-stacked stone fences....happy cows...happy sheep...and few people.I can see why our ancestors would have chosen to settle here.
After leaving Hume Castle...I headed South - towards Hawick (the locals pronounce this name as if it were a single syllable word: "Hoyck").Hawick is the home of the newly opened "Scottish Borders Historical Society" research center and office.I wandered in the front door...and was asked "which family name I was looking for?"I said "Kellow"!"Oh my!" she said, "That's a name that we don't get much call for."She directed me to some indexes...which in turn, lead to a couple of microfilm strips.With her help, we viewed the Edrom Parish records, from the 1600's.There were two references to "Robert Kello" living in this Parish circa 1650.The Historical Society is still compiling the older Parish Records - which predate the year 1600.The Edrom Parish served the small hamlet of "Kelloe".
The balance of my stay in Southern Scotland included trips to Hadrian's Wall; to Dumfries and Galloway; and, lastly, to Peebles.
I wish that I could say that I came home with lots of genealogical information, that I did not previously have in my possession. But..that would not be true.What I did bring back with me, was the sense that I had visited an ancestral homeland....however, there were still questions which needed to be answered.It did provide me with some new "placenames" to research, on the internet.
That particular research has lead me to reach some unexpected conclusions.In the next installment we will travel - via the internet - South, about 90 miles, to Durham, Northumberland, England.