The Freemen of Berwick-upon-Tweed 

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The Freemen of Berwick is an age old tradition still being passed on through Freemen families.

In former days, when the Guild was the centre of civic affairs affecting so many aspects of daily life, each member, or freeman, of the Guild learned its privileges, customs and responsibilities by direct experience.


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Sister Hazel W Smith from M Keynes wrote on 24 July, 2020 at 11:59 am
My father was a Freeman of Berwick Thomas Warnock Smith son of Alexander Smith I suppose it is rather late now for me to apply for the Freedom (87!) and when I last looked twenty years ago I would not have been able to sign the religious declaration..I am wondering if that is still necessary .... There was an exhibition of my father's life in 1994 in the Museum...A Freeman in Exile .....and his books and other things were given to the Museum then. I spent some happy visits sorting all that out in 1992/3 and connecting with the family of Edmund Smith also a Freeman. People have been asking me questions, since,un known to me, Phyllis Kenny painted a portrait which I believe hangs now in the Gallery....! Sister Hazel Smith
Admin Reply by: Sarah Weatherburn
Hello, I have only just found your message on here. That is lovely to hear from you. Daughters have been permitted to be made free since 2010 so of course you're still young enough to apply. The forms are on the Berwick Town Council website. I'm sure your father would be pleased if you do. Sarah (Secretary)
Sarah Weatherburn wrote on 12 October, 2019 at 8:21 am
Trevor Dalgleish the Berwick Archives should have information for you. They have a website and their email address is
Trevor Dalgleish from Chichester wrote on 2 September, 2019 at 5:04 pm
I am researching my family tree and found out that my Great/Great Grandfather was David Norris ,Millwright who Died in 1889,was the youngest Son of John Norris (corn merchant), and my own Grand father was William Alexander Dalgleish was an Apprentice Watchmaker on the 1891 census in Berwick Upon Tweed and when he joined the Royal Navy his occupation was a Watchmaker,have you any records thank you,Trevor Dalgleish

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