Thursday, August 30, 2012

Members might be interested in an exhibition just about to open in The Granary Gallery, Berwick entitled;

Berwick's Burrell Collection

 fisher girls by William Marshall Brown


Berwick Visual Arts and Woodhorn Trust have come together to display a selection of the collection's wonderful artefacts with a series of free exhibitions over the next three years, as well as other work collected by and for the people of Berwick.

 With a fortune made in shipping, Sir William Burrell purchased art and objects from around the world. Most of his collection was donated to his home in Glasgow, but around 50 paintings and 300 decorative items were given to Berwick when he moved to nearby Hutton Castle.

 In 1948 by millionaire ship magnate Sir William Burrell's presented 42 paintings to form the nucleus of the present Art Gallery. Opening long before the big Burrell Gallery in Glasgow, the paintings, and about 300 items of decorative art, are a microcosm of Sir William's interest.

 The collection features work by masters such as Degas, Boudin and Maris, ancient Roman and Venetian glass, Japanese imari pottery and Ming porcelain, which will be displayed over the next three years.
Berwick's Burrell Collection runs from the 1 September to 16 December and the  Gallery is open 11a.m. - 5p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is free admission.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Borders Archaeological Society

Members in the Berwick area may well be interested in a series of monthly talks and meetings of Borders Archaeological Society.

The next of these is on Monday 3rd. September when Dr. Christopher Bowles, Archaeological Officer of Scottish Borders Council will be giving a talk entitled;

"Opening a creaky door: Partnership working and revitalising our heritage in the Scottish Borders".

The new Ecomuseum currently being established to mark the 500th. anniversary of the Battle of Flodden will no doubt feature.
All meetings are in the Parish Centre (adjacent the Parish Church) Wallace Green Berwick.
Admission for non Archaeology Society members is £2

Monday, August 20, 2012

Transcribing at Peebles

Saturday turned out to be a lovely summers day in Peebles and we managed to make good progress with our MI recording.  Finished one section and started on two more. 

We're planning at least another day of recording sometime in September - will publish the dates as soon as we can. 

The Peebles Arts Festival starts this week (Friday 24th Aug to Tue 4th Sept)  and there are some interesting events - music, crafts and film.  Find out more about Peebles by taking the Tour the Lost Buildings of Peebles.  There is also a tour of the 18 Bridges of Peebles and a walking tour of the town. 

More information at

Sunday, August 12, 2012



With the assistance of Funding by the East Berwickshire U3A, Eyemouth Museum Trust has now established a small Research Facility aimed principally at assisting Residents of and Visitors to Eastern Berwickshire with research into their family history. It is recognised that presently anyone wishing to do research must either visit Edinburgh, Hawick or Galashiels all some considerable distance away and from the number of enquiries received by the Museum it is obvious that there is a demand for this service.

We have made space available to provide the service which will be manned initially by a research assistant every Monday between 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and also by appointment. The centre is affiliated to the Borders Family History Society and all their resources will be accessible, with some publications being offered for sale. 

We have provided a computer with internet access to obtain information on Old Parish Records, Births, Deaths and Marriages, Census Details, Newspaper Archives, Ships Lists, and Old Maps.

Paper copies of the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses for all towns and villages in eastern Berwicksire are available; additionally we have a copy of the 1881 census for the whole of the UK in a set of CDs.

We have copies of the all Memorial Inscriptions available for Eastern Berwickshire Village Churchyards, pre 1855 Memorial Inscriptions for all of Berwickshire, details of some Irregular Marriages at Lamberton Toll and some Registers for Greenlaw Jail. We also have a copy of Mortcloth Records for Coldingham between 1694 and 1759 and are collecting all information we can that might be of assistance to those having an interest in local and family history.

It is intended to involve the local Community in a small project aimed at identifying all the old Wynds and Vennels of Eyemouth as detailed in the 1841 Census. These were Castle Wynd, Barracks Lane, Hairs Close, Maitland’s Square, Milne Court, Narrow Lane, Crooked Lane, Paul’s Court, Broad Wynd, Pleasants, Hay’s Square, Chain Bridge, Lodge, Brown’s Square, Barracks, Tosh’s Wynd, Goodsman’s Wynd, Shore, Todd’s Close, Purve’s Wynd, Gillie’s Close, School Wynd, Quay, Back Wynd, Front Wynd, Lowrey’s Wynd, McIntosh’s Close, Dodds’ Close, Brown’s Wynd, Shanky’s Wynd, Bank Street and  Saltgreens. A Map of the Town as it was in 1842 is available for this purpose.

While disabled access is not available to the area presently being used for this facility it is intended to ensure that the service is available to all with an area within the Tapestry Room being available as required to meet this particular need. In the longer term it is planned, subject to finance becoming available, to have an extension to the upper floor of the Museum complete with lift access.

Bill Stewart
Research Assistant
Manse Road
TD14 5JE

Telephones        (museum) 018907 51701                               (mobile)  07910 045771                  (home) 018907 81339

Friday, August 10, 2012

Upcoming East Lothian and Borders Archaeology, Family History and Heritage Events

There are two sets of events next month in our part of Scotland that may be interest: East Lothian Archaeology and Family History Fortnight, which runs from 1st to 16th September and Borders Heritage Week, which runs from 12th to 23rd September. Download the East Lothian Archaeology and Family History Fortnight programme and the Borders Heritage Week programme.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Website Problem Fixed

I just discovered that our Gravestones Index, Magazine Article Index, Poor Law Records Index and Family Tree Index weren't working.

I'm surprised no-one had reported the problem, so I don't know how long that's been the case.

Anyway, the problem has been resolved and they are all working again.

If you noticed the problem but did not know how to report it; you could have used our Contacts page to report the problem, selecting Contact the Webmaster as the type of contact.

My apologies if you've been inconvenienced.