"WHITSOME, a parish, containing a post-office village of its own name, in the Merse district of Berwickshire. It is bounded by Edrom, Hutton, Ladykirk, and Swinton ... The village of Whitsome stands in the centre of the parish, 2½ miles south of Allanton, and 6¼ east-south-east of Dunse. It dates back to a considerable antiquity; and, in 1482, was, along with many other seats of population on the Border, burned by the Duke of Gloucester, afterwards Richard III. It is now an entirely rural place, inhabited chiefly by agricultural labourers."
"HILTON, an ancient parish in Berwickshire, united, in 1735, to that of WHITSOME, which see. The old church stood on a small hill, and hence drew the name Hilton, or Hilltown, upon the hamlet in its vicinity."
From the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.