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Ayton

Berwickshire map

Ayton is on the coast of East Berwickshire, with the Parish of Eyemouth to the north, the North Sea on the east, the Parishes of Mordington and Foulden to the south and the Parishes of Chirnside and Coldingham to the west.

Old Parish Records cover the periods:

  • Births: 1743 to 1854.
  • Marriages: 1745 to 1854.
  • Deaths: 1753 to 1781 and 1800 to 1854.
Ayton Parish Church and War Memorial. Ayton Parish Church with War Memorial

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Magazine Articles;

Please note that the heading Author includes persons who have compiled or transcribed records; and that the topics indexed, and the synopses are subjective opinions.
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Title Synopsis Size Description Issue No Author
The Ayton BardThis is in issues 16 and 17. Robert Mennon was a well known Borders bard and contributed to many Scottish weeklies.5 pages or more 16A. Michael Mennim 
The Breadford Family SearchA tale of family that moved from Northumberland to Berwickshire. All were farm servants some labourers some farm stewards. There are irregular marriages, name changes and a possible pioneering birth using chloroform.6 pages or more 72Bill Bradford 
Ayton History SocietyNote on a booklet 'The History of Ayton and other personal Recollections published by Ayton History Society; includes extracts from the work of T Ramsay Turner, an account by an unknown author entitled 'Happy Childhood Reminiscences of 1876' and some works by the local poet Robert Mennonless than 1 page 81 
The Aytons of AytonThe parish of Ayton from the Norman family De-Vesci who changed their name to Ayton to a history of the village.2 pages or more 17James Eaton 
'Fair' SuspendedAn account of how the writer discovered there generations his ancestors of the name Fair in the Churchyard at Ayton.1 page or more 84Bill Stewart 
Memories of AytonMrs. Patricia Payne was so interested in the articles on 'The Ayton Bard' that she felt the need to record some of her memories of Ayton before all was forgotten.less than 1 page 18Patricia Payne 
The Ayton Bard Robert Mennon 1797-1885This is a two part article abridged from the book of the title written by A. Michael Mennim. A copy of the complete book together with maps, photgraphs and poems is in Scottish Borders Council Library Headquartors with a family tree4 pages or more 15Michael Mennon 



Map of Ayton from Quarter-inch to the mile, Scotland, 1921-1923 or One-inch to the mile, Popular edition, Scotland, 1920-1930
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Use the control at the top left of the map to zoom in or out and drag the map left, right, up, or down as you wish.

20 Most Common Surnames

The 20 most common surnames on gravestones recorded by us in the Ayton monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): ANDERSON (59), AITCHISON (50), MARTIN (49), JOHNSTON (40), KERR (38), WOOD (37), PURVES (35), WILSON (32), BROWN (26), SMITH (25), COCKBURN (25), BELL (24), PATERSON (19), RENTON (18), WHITE (17), DARLING (17), SCOTT (17), BURNS (16), HOGG (15), SHEARLAW (15).

Other Sources;

Scottish Borders Archives, The Hub Hawick

School Records

The Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh

Ayton Parish Church (Ref - CH2/26)

Summerhill Burgher Church (Ref - CH3/717).

Maps

Websites

Village Website.
Burnmouth Community Site - contains a family history of John Willis owner of the Cutty Sark.
The RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of;

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Ayton, Peelwalls, Prenderguest, Whiterige, Whitrig, Bastledge, Bastlerig, Cocklaw, Flemington, Chester Bank, Graystonelees, Farnayside, Burnmouth, Hillburn, Netherbyres, Redhall, Gunsgreen, Gunsgreen Hill, Bleachfield, Summerhill, Southside, Ayton Mains, Mill Bank, Ayton Law, Littledean, Whitfield, Newbiggin, Ross Hall, Burn Head, Dron Hill, Mossfield, Burn Head, Murtal Hall, Springbank, Spring Hill, Hawthorn Dean Wood Side, Springwell, Springfield.

1851 census: Ayton, Peelwalls, Prenderguest, Whitrig, Bastlerig, Cocklaw, Meikles Flemington, Innes Flemington, Chesterbank, Graystonelees, Catchapenny, Ross Village, Burnmouth, Parton Hall, Stonefauld, Head of Brae, Netherbyres, Gunsgreen, Gunsgreenhill, Bridgend, Browns Bank, Redhall, Hillburn, Fairneyside, Cote, Ayton Mill, Ayton Law, Wood House, Little Dean, Whitfield, Ayton Mains, Millbank, Mill Cottage.

1861 census: Ayton, Littledean, Whitfield, Bleachfield, Summerhill, Beanburn, Peelwalls, Prenderguest, Whiterig, Bastleridge, Cocklaw, Millbank, Netherbyres, Hillburn, Flemington, Redhall, Gunsgreen, Brownsbank, Hillburn, Ferneyside, Burnmouth, Greystonelees, Catch-a-Penny, Chesterbank, Cowdrait, Partan Hall, Stonefauld.

Population

The population has been recorded as follows:

Berwickshire map