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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
Robert Selby Nesbit GILCHRIST Eldest 10/1/1900 Provision Salesman
John SAMPLE Eldest 10/1/1900 Shipwright
John McPherson MANDERSON 3rd surviving 10/1/1900 Seedsman
Alexander Duthie ROWLAND 2nd 1/5/1901 Cabinetmaker
James SAMPLE 2nd 2/5/1901 Mariner
Luke Stafford TODD 4th 7/16/1901 Compositor
Buchan Kirk JOHNSTON 2nd 8/24/1901 Labourer
Robert Gilchrist Eldest 9/30/1901 Engine Fitter
Malcolm Knox SMAIL 2nd 2/23/1901 Commercial Clerk
John CAIRNS 2nd surviving 9/30/1901 Electrical Engineer

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