Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland Genealogy
This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Eyemouth.
- 1 History
- 2 Census Records
- 3 Church Records
- 3.1 Established Church—Old Parochial Registers
- 3.2 Established Church—Kirk Session Records
- 3.3 Nonconformist Church Records
- 4 Civil Registration Records
- 5 Probate Records
Available online at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Browse the scanned pages via the parish reports
A census record is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about census records.
The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about church records.
Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.
Established Church—Old Parochial Registers
|Event Type||Years Covered||FHL Film Number|
|Births:||1709-1756||067896 item 6|
|1757-1854||067897 item 1-3|
|1841-1843 - neglected||067897 item 6|
|1783-1854||1067897 item 1-3|
|Deaths:||1744-1777||1067896 item 6|
|1732-1777 - mortcloth dues||10678897 item 1-3|
Condition of Original Registers—
Index: For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index on computer at the Family History Library and family history centers. Some records may be indexed in the International Genealogical Index.
Births: Births are intermixed with other matters until 1756. The pages are blank except for two entries October 1718–July 1742. There is a separate record of births from January 1757. Mothers’ names are not recorded until 1775.
Marriages: Marriages are intermixed with other matters until 1756. The pages are blank September 1718–July 1732 except for one entry of an irregular marriage for 1729. There are no entries December 1756–October 1783 except for a few entries of irregular marriages after 1780.
Deaths:Mortcloth Dues are intermixed with other matters. The records are poor prior to 1745.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.
Established Church—Kirk Session Records
The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The Kirk session was made up of he minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.
Minutes 1826, 1834–1881; Minutes from 1709 seem to have existed in 1849, but have been misplaced or lost since.
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/1239.
Nonconformist Church Records
A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union List
Eyemouth United Presbyterian Church
This congregation began when members of both the Established Church and the Secession congregations of Ayton and Coldingham wanted evangelical preaching in their village. In February 1841 they obtained supply of sermon from the United Associate Presbytery of Berwick and were organized into a congregation later the same year. They built their church in 1842.
Source: Annals and Statistics of the United Presbyterian Church, by Rev. William MacKelvie, D.D., pub. 1873. Film #477618. More details are given in the source.
Lists of Members pre-1855 to 1879
Marriages 1843–1850 - only three entries
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH3/1235.
Eyemouth, St. John’s Free Church
In 1843, the minister of the parish and his congregation left the Established Church and the next year built a church on High Street. This congregation benefited from the 18591861 revival and erected another church on Victoria Road in 1879. A fishing disaster on October 14, 1881 took the lives of several of their congregation.
Membership: 1848, 170; 1900, 213.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details are given in the source.
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH3/1236.
Eyemouth Congregational Church
Although a church began in 1806, it existed for only a short time. Following a revival in 1861, another church was formed in the area. They joined the Evangelical Union in 1873. Half the male membership of the church was killed in an 1881 disaster and the church struggled to recover for many years.
Source: A History of Scottish Congregationalism, by Harry Escott, pub. 1960. Contains list of ministers; FHL British Book 941 K2es.
Extent of records is unknown. No pre-1855 records likely exist.
Eyemouth Baptist Church
The Baptist movement began here in 1807, but in 1835 only five members remained. Two brothers of the McLean family in this area became Baptist ministers, and one, William McLean, became the first minister of this congregation when it began in 1842. When he left in 1850, the church faltered until a revival in 1858. The church had a high point of about 60 members, but it had completely ceased by 1880
Sources: History of the Baptists in Scotland, by Rev. George Yuille, pub.1926, FHL book 941 K2hi; also, The Baptists in Scotland, by D. W. Bebbington, pub.1988, FHL book 941 K2bs. The first includes a list of ministers.
Extent of records is unknown. Write to:
The Baptist Union of Scotland
12 Aytoun Road
Glasgow G41 5RT
Civil Registration Records
Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called Statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.
See the article on Scotland Civil Registrationfor more information and to access the records
Read more about Scotland Probat Records.
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