Guild of Freemen Of Berwick-
Freemen who have been Mayor of the Borough of Berwick-
Before 1835 all Mayors were required to be freemen.
After 1835 the Mayor was chosen by the new elected Council. Many of these Mayors were freemen.
Since the passing of the 1926 Act the following freemen have been Mayor.
Joseph Fleming 1942-
George Manners Lamb 1950-
Thomas Evans 1957-
Humphrey Crossman. 1979-
Oldest freeman’s Stick.
Inscription on Oldest Freeman's Stick.
PRESENTED BY ALEXANDER ROBERTSON J.P. TO REPLACE THE LOST ANCIENT CANE BORNE BY THE OLDEST FREEMAN 1889.
Edward Evans presented with Gold Headed Cane 6 February 1889.
Alexander Robertson presented 15 August 1893.
Robert Skelly presented 6 February 1895.
Thomas Robertson presented 4 October 1904.
Samuel Graden presented 5 October 1909.
James How presented 27 November 1917.
Ralph Skelly presented 29 January 1924.
John Cockburn presented 30 March 1933.
A.Tower Robertson presented 29 March 1946.
Alexander R .Manderson presented 15 March 1949.
Harry Richard Cairns presented 25 October 1949.
John Gilbert Cairns presented 27 November 1954.
John Lough presented 27 September 1955.
John Sample presented 29 January 1957.
William Paxton Unthank presented 21 December 1965.
Alexander Weatherburn presented 27 April 1971
William Anderson presented 16 October, 1975
George Manners Lamb presented 13 July 1978.
John Alexander Richardson presented 30 April 1981
John Edmund Torrance Smith presented 17 February 1983
Alexander Christison presented 18 October, 1984
Benjamin Howe presented 14 July 1988
William Henderson presented 23 May 1991.
Roll of Honour.
Freemen and Sons of Freemen who made the Supreme Sacrifice.
Peter Anderson son of Peter Anderson
William Ronald Morley Crossman son of Lawrence Morley Crossman
James Dawson freeman
Joseph Dawson son of Joseph Dawson
George Henry Evans freeman
James Evans son of James Evans
James Knowles Fairnell son of William Fairnell
Robert Gladston son of Thomas Allanshaw Gladston
Alexander Hush son of John Hush
James Hush son of John Hush
John Hush son of John Hush
James Jeffrey freeman
Adam Hastie Logan freemen
John Hastie Logan freeman
John Lough freeman
Thomas Rouston Lough freeman
Alexander Lyall son of James Lyall
John Kennedy Lyall son of Ralph Lyall
Ralph Lyall son of James Lyall
William Pattison freeman
Edmund John MacRory Robertson son of John Robert Stevenson Robertson
John Alexander Tower Robertson freeman
Frank Weddell Smail freeman
Alexander Noel Smith son of Thomas Cleghorn Smith
Alexander Purves Taylor freeman
Robert Turnbull freeman
Joseph Heron Swan Weatherly freeman
George Sinclair Wilson son of George Wintrip Wilson
Second World War
George Manners Lamb son of George Manners Lamb
George Lough son of Thomas Rouston Lough
John Alexander Moor freeman
William Forster Riddell freeman
William Weatherburn son of John Weatherburn
Vaughan Robert Weatherly freeman
The Freeman’s Oath.
YOU shall SWEAR, That you shall bear true Faith and Trouth to our Sovereign Lady the Queen’s Majesty.
Also, That you shall not aid nor support any to the Office of the Mayoralty of this Borough, for Love, Favour, Reward, or Affection; but to promote and give Consent to those that you shall think and judge to be able, wise, discreet and of Power and Knowledge, as well to minister and execute the Queen’s Majesty’s Laws, as to uphold, fortify, maintain, and observe the ancient Laws, Liberties, Privileges, Customs, Constitutions, Statutes, and good Orders of the Corporation, and to the same granted or belonging, for the welfare of the same.
Also, You shall not be in counsel consenting or knowledging of the embezzling or purloining any of your Neighbour’s Goods; but if you may or can possibly, you shall give him or them lawful Warning of the same and to the uttermost of your Powers you shall let and hinder the same.
All Constitutions, Orders, Decrees, and Determinations touching or concerning the Welfare, good Order, Preservation and Maintenance of this Borough and Corporation, already made or hereafter to be made by the Mayor, Alderman, and twelve adhering Men; and all other good Orders accustomed among the Brethren, you shall fulfil, obey, keep, preserve, observe, and maintain, and shall not gainstand or disobey; and to ride, as occasion may serve for the Wealth and Liberties of the said Borough; and to pay your money freely for the Furtherance of the same, and to be at Scot and Lot, dutifully, as often as the Corporation shall happen to be lawfully assessed by the Mayor, Alderman and established Guild, the Mayor’s Commandments, and the Alderman’s lawful, you shall in like Case obey.
All Constitutions, Statutes, Laws, Liberties and Orders, granted to the Guild and Freedom of this Borough, and to the same accustomed or belonging, you shall maintain, uphold and further, and not suffer to decay nor be put down, nor forth of good Order, to the uttermost of your Power, Wit, Strength, Ability, or Learning.
So help you God by Jesus Christ.
Also, you shall not associate yourself to occupy, or have any Manner of Traffic, with any Manner of Person or Persons not free of this Brotherhood or Corporation; neither colourably, for Favour, Gain, Profit, Reward, Affection, or any other cause, or matter whatsoever, to recite, maintain, or countenance any Goods, Wares, Merchandizes or Commodities whatsoever, either coming in by Water or Land, of any foreign Person or Persons not free of this Corporation.
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