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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
Charles Alfred BROWN 6th 05/01/1907 Commercial Clerk
John Alexander Tower ROBERTSON Only 04/03/1907 Ironfounder
John MACE Eldest 24/06/1907 Joiner
John William HERRIOTT Eldest 20/07/1907 Writing Clerk
Robert EWART 4th 06/08/1907 House Painter
Arthur STROTHER Eldest 12/08/1907 Minister
William Sanderson BLAKEY Eldest 14/08/1907 Colour Sergeant, Seaforth Highlanders
Henry Friar COCKBURN Eldest 30/08/1907 Commercial Clerk
Robert Gilchrist WEATHERBURN 2nd 09/09/1907 Farrier
Frank LOUGH 8th 14/09/1907 Coal Miner

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