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Search the Database of the Guild of Freemen of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record‘s Guild of Freemen dates back to at least the 12th century, though their records are only extant locally from 1505.

Admissions of new Freemen were recorded and this website holds details of their applications. The information comprises the forenames and surname of applicant, date of his admission, occupation, residential street in Berwick or town outside Berwick, father or master’s details (forenames and surname, date of admission (there are no admission dates for masters) and notes. The database currently holds details of Freemen who were admitted between 1800 and 1940 using records held at Berwick Record Office.

Search the records to assist you with your family history, to see if you’re related to a Freeman. The notes on some records may show alternate spellings of surnames, if you can’t find an ancestor, try alternative spellings. From the results page, you can get more details about a Freeman and see if there were other sons.

Enter a surname in the Surname field below, optionally you can enter a forename or an admission date (including a 4 digit year) to reduce the number of results shown.

First ForenameOther ForenamesSurnameRelationship to FatherAdmission DateOccupation
William Purves DAVIDSON 2nd 7/10/1900 Tailor
Henry FORSYTH Eldest surviving 8/14/1900 Cotton Merchant
Charles FORSYTH 2nd surviving 8/14/1900 Bachelor of Medecine
William Frederick HERRIOTT 2nd 9/4/1900 Photographer
David LOUGH 6th 9/24/1900 Cellerman
Thomas Howe PATTISON Eldest 9/24/1900 House Painter
John DUNLOP 2nd 9/24/1900 Farmer
Thomas Bailey WEATHERBURN 7th 10/1/1900 Labourer
George Holamby CAIRNS 3rd 10/1/1900 Draper
Thomas Allanshaw GLADSTON 3rd 10/1/1900 Blacksmith

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