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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
Samuel Oliphant BROWN 3rd, surviving 16/12/1910 Confectioner's Traveller
Henry Richardson SMAIL Eldest 07/02/1911 Journalist
Alexander WEATHERBURN 3rd 12/09/1911 House Painter
Ernest George CLEGHORN 2nd, surviving 03/10/1911 Publishing Clerk
John Stapleton WEATHERBURN 4th 03/10/1911 Shoemaker
John Foreman TURNBULL 4th 03/10/1911 Labourer
John TAYLOR 2nd surviving 03/10/1911 Engineer's Fitter
James WILSON Eldest 03/10/1911 Customs House Officer
George WEATHERBURN Eldest 03/10/1911 Locomotive Fireman
Arthur Weatherhead THOMPSON Only 09/11/1911 Ironmonger's Apprentice