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Scottish Gaelic: Alan Crom
Ancrum is located in Scottish Borders
 Ancrum shown within the Scottish Borders
Population 392 (2001 census)
OS grid reference NT625245
Council area Scottish Borders
Lieutenancy area Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town JEDBURGH
Postcode district TD8
Dialling code 01835
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Scottish Parliament Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
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Ancrum (Scottish Gaelic: Alan Crom) is a village in the Borders area of Scotland, 5 km north west of Jedburgh.

The village — which currently has a population of around 300 — is situated just off the A68 trunk road on the B6400 which runs through Ancrum. Lilliesleaf lies 7 miles (11 km) further along the B6400 and Denholm can be reached along the unclassified road which runs parallel to the River Teviot.

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Village green, Ancrum
War Memorial, Ancrum
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Ancrum Primary School


William J. Watson derived Ancrum from the river-name Alne + Cumbric crwm or Gaelic crom, meaning 'bend of the river Alne'. [1]

The name of the village also appears as "Ancram".

History and points of interest

Two local landmarks which are visible from certain areas around the village are the Waterloo Monument and the Timpendean Tower.

Ancrum sits in a loop in the Ale Water which is where the name derives from (crooked land on the Ale). The Ale joins the River Teviot just to the south which in turn then flows past Monteviot House.

The area just north of the village was the site of the Battle of Ancrum Moor in 1545.[2]

The village boasts a single pub — the Cross Keys — as well as a village shop incorporating the local Post Office, and a B&B.

People from Ancrum

See also


  1. Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), (appendix at
  3. Sue Shephard (2003). Seeds of Fortune - A Gardening Dynasty. Bloomsbury. p. 2. ISBN 0-7475-6066-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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