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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
James LILBURN Eldest 23/10/1912 Shipowner
William LILBURN 3rd 23/10/1912 Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry
William Crow CHRISTISON Eldest 06/03/1913 Mariner
John WEATHERBURN 4th 06/09/1913 Plumber
George RICHARDSON Eldest 20/09/1913 Railway Porter
Matthias ALLAN Eldest 29/09/1913 House Painter
Ninian BLAKEY Eldest 06/10/1913 Handicraftsman
William Arthur CLEGHORN Eldest 06/10/1913 Marine Engineer
Andrew Johnston BUGLASS 3rd 06/10/1913 Engineer
George PAYNE Only 18/12/1906 Cabinetmaker

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