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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.

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First ForenameOther ForenamesSurnameRelationship to FatherAdmission DateOccupation
William TAYLOR Youngest 06/10/1913 Engineer
John Swan WEATHERLEY 3rd 06/10/1913 Groom
William James ANDERSON Eldest surviving 06/10/1913 Chauffeur
John ROWLAND Only 06/10/1913 Joiner
Adam Dumma LAMB 2nd 04/10/1909 Corporal, Seaforth Highlanders
William Paxton UNTHANK Eldest, surviving 04/10/1909 General Dealer
William TAYLOR 3rd 19/10/1909 Coachbuilder
Archibald Charles MILNE HOME 4th 19/10/1909 Lieutenant, N. F.
John Skeen Ewart TURNBULL Eldest 18/04/1910 Butcher
William Henry TURNBULL Only 23/06/1910 Draughtsman