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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
Alfred PURDY 4th 23/07/1910 Buyer
Arthur William BALDWIN Only 08/08/1910 Clerk
James Bain BROWN 2nd 26/08/1910 Contractor
David Milne Home WEATHERBURN 10th 03/10/1910 Engine Cleaner
John Hastie LOGAN 2nd 03/10/1910 Writing Clerk
Arthur BLAKEY 2nd 03/10/1910 Writing Clerk
James Fallow SLACK 3rd 03/10/1910 Millwright and Engineer
William Dunbar ANDERSON 2nd 03/10/1910 School Teacher
Adam Hastie LOGAN 3rd 03/10/1910 Writing Clerk
Robert TURNBULL 6th 03/10/1910 House Painter