Presbyterian Registers

Presbyterianism was particularly popular in Northumberland primarily because of the proximity of the northern part of the county to Scotland. In some areas for example Berwick-upon-Tweed Presbyterianism was more strongly adhered to than the established church.

Presbyterianism had several branches. The Congregationalists (sometimes known as Independents) believed that there should be no state interference in religion. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century many Presbyterians became Unitarians who combined a belief in God with reason and scientific knowledge. In 1831 the Congregationalist Union of Britain was established and in 1972 they amalgamated with the Presbyterians to form the United Reform Church. Presbyterian Churches in Northumberland often include the word Scotch or English in their name thus indicating their origin. The Local Historian's Encyclopaedia by John Richardson briefly describes the different branches of the religion and Pilgrims Progress the guide to an exhibition which took place in Northumberland Record Office gives a short history of Presbyterianism in the County.

With the exception of Jews and Quakers it was illegal to marry in a non-conformist church prior to 1837. This has presented family historians with a major problem with regard to Presbyterian ancestry in Northumberland. Many Presbyterians chose not to marry in an Anglican church but to marry in Scotland in either the Church of Scotland or in a "cross border marriage centre" the most famous of which is Gretna Green. The marriage centres used by people in Northumberland include Coldstream, Lamberton Toll, Haddington, Paxton and Mordington.

From 1837 until the passage of the marriage Act of 1898 marriages could take place in a non-conformist church provided a Superintendent Registrar was present. As a result it is unusual to locate marriage registers from individual churches prior to 1898. This means that researchers seeking details of marriages within the period 1837-98 will almost certainly need to purchase copy marriage certificates from local Registrars - for details see leaflet on St Catherine's House Index.

Presbyterian

Location

Name

Start

IGI Coverage

Baptisms

Marriages

Burials

Notes

Alnwick

Clayport

 

 

1785-1838

 

 

 

Alnwick

Ebenezer

 

 

1817-1831

 

 

 

Alnwick

Green Batt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alnwick

Lisburn Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alnwick

Pottergate

 

 

1760-1836

 

 

 

Alnwick

Zion Meeting House Formerly Bondgate Meeting House

 

 

1771-1837 

 

 

 

Ashington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bavington Great

 

 

 

1802-1882

 

 

 

Beaumount

 

 

 

1754-1837

 

 

 

Bedlington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belford

Erskine Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belford

United Secession

 

 

1820-1841
1856-1858

 

 

 

Belford

West Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bellingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berwick

Bankhill

 

 

1835-1838

 

 

 

Berwick

Chapel Street, or Shaws Lane or Relief Chapel

 

 

1764 -1858

 

 

 

Berwick

High Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berwick

Low Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berwick

St. Aidan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berwick

St. Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berwick

United Secession (Golden Square)

 

 

1771-1837

1782-1812

 

 

Birdhopecraig

 

 

 

1728-1850

 

 

 

Blyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branton

 

 

 

1785-1837

 

 

 

Crookham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etal

 

 

 

1767
1777-1843

 

 

 

Falstone

 

 

 

1753-1817

 

 

 

Glanton

 

 

 

1784-1837

 

 

 

Haltwhistle

 

 

 

1752-1860

 

 

 

Harbottle

 

 

 

1736-1802

 

 

 

Hartley

 

 

 

1789-1802

 

 

 

Longframlington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowick

English

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowick

Scotch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morpeth

St. George

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle

Carliol Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle

Castle Garth

 

 

1709-1820

 

 

 

Newcastle

Old Postern or Clavering Place

 

 

1797-1837

 

 

 

Newcastle

Erskine

 

 

1853-1861

 

 

 

Newcastle

First United Secession

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle

Hanover Square

 

 

1743-1837

 

 

 

Newcastle

John Knox

 

 

1835-1845
1863-1875

 

 

 

Newcastle

Park Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle

Postern Chapel

 

 

1784-1837

 

 

 

Newcastle

St. James Blackett St formerly Silver Street Indep

 

 

1746-1837

 

 

 

Newcastle

The Close

 

 

1752-1837

 

 

 

Newcastle

Wall Knoll

 

 

1781-1844

 

 

 

Newcastle

Zion Chapel

 

 

1821-1829

 

 

 

Norham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Shields

Norfolk Street Associate

 

 

1783-1837

 

 

 

North Shields

Howard Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Shields

Low Meeting

 

 

1756-1812

 

 

 

North Sunderland

 

 

 

1797-1837

 

 

 

Otterburn

 

 

 

1835-1863

 

 

 

Rothbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spittal

 

 

 

1751-1853

 

 

 

Stamfordham

 

 

 

1754-1860

 

 

 

Thorneyford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thropton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tweedmouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warkworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrenford

 

 

 

1747-1854

 

 

 

Wooler

Cheviot Street

 

 

1749-1833

 

 

 

Wooler

Tower Hill

 

 

1786-1836

 

 

 

Wooler

West

 

 

1752-1857

 

 

 

Durham Records on Line Website coverage

Durham City

Claypath Chapel

Presbyterian

1751 - 1782

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Ireshopeburn

Ireshopeburn Presbyterian

Presbyterian

1766 - 1822

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Seaham Harbour

Presbyterian Church [Adolphus Street]

Presbyterian

1911 - 1945

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Sunderland

Malings Rigg Independent Chapel

Presbyterian

1762 - 1799

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Sunderland

Spring Garden Lane Chapel

Presbyterian

1766 - 1799

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Sunderland

Robinson's Lane Meeting House

Presbyterian (Scotch)

1727 - 1799

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