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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
Thomas How PATTISON Only surviving 07/12/1911 Mariner
Rowland Routledge GIBSON Only 14/03/1912 Captain, Royal Fusiliers
Ralph Reakes THOMPSON Eldest 03/09/1912 Medical Student
William HOGG 3rd 04/09/1912 Farm Servant
John HOGG 4th 04/09/1912 Farm Servant
James Alexander UNTHANK 2nd surviving 18/09/1912 Labourer
Robert Bryson RUTHERFORD Only 30/09/1912 Medical Practitioner
John COCKBURN Only 30/09/1912 Dental Student
William Skelly MACE 2nd 30/09/1912 Joiner
John HENDERSON Only 21/10/1912 Joiner

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