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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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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 Bradford 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 Mennon.less than 1 page 81 
Ayton Church 150th. AnniversaryHistory of Ayton Parish Church, celebrating its 150th anniversary.less than 1 page 93Bill Stewart 
The History of Ayton - A Berwickshire VillageNotes on a book, 'The History of Ayton and other personal recollections' published by Ayton History Society.less than 1 page 99Bill Stewart 
Local Histories - The History of Ayton - A Berwickshire VillageReview of a volume about the history of Ayton, including old photographs. It looks in detail at the businesses, shopkeepers, schools, churches, sports clubs and societiesless than 1 page 100Ronald Morrison 
The Ayton Bard Robert Mennon 1797-1885Book review. Author: Michael Mennon. This is a two part article abridged from the book of the title written by A. Michael Mennon. A copy of the complete book together with maps, photographs and poems is in Scottish Borders Council Library Headquarters with a family tree.4 pages or more 15A. Michael Mennon 
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 three 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 
Ninewells Waulkmill, ChirnsideSome investigation by the author finding Ayton church memorials for his x4 and x5 great grandparents - Paternal side Edward Fair (d. 1847) and wife Elizabeth Wood (d.1857), their son William Fair (d. 1801) and wife Christina Darling (d. 1825). Dates? Maternal side - William Martin (d.1794) and wife Isabel Jeffrey (d. 1790), and Thomas Martin (d. 1841) and wife Hellen Cockburn (d. 1851). Thomas - at the time of erecting the stone was working and living in Ninewells Waulkmill, Chirnside, and lived there for 50 years.less than 1 page 106Bill Stewart 

Map of Ayton from UK Great Britain, Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile (1:63,360), 'Hills' edition, 1885-1903
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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Map of Ayton from UK Ordnance Survey Historical Maps from 1919-1947
by kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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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).



Village Website.
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.


The population has been recorded as follows:

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