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The Parish of Mordington lies on the east coast of Berwickshire, being bounded on the north by the Parish of Ayton, on the east by the North Sea, on the south by the County of Northumberland and on the west by the Parishes of Hutton, Foulden and Ayton.

Old Parish Birth Records exist from 1721 to 1854.
Marriage Records exist from 1736 to 1854.
Death records exist from 1745 to 1794 and from 1831 to 1845.

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1841 census Mordington.
1851 census Mordington.
1861 census Mordington.
Memorial Inscriptions Foulden and Mordington Vol.8 Berwickshire transcribed by Elspeth Ewan 2000 (contains Hearth Tax, Militia List and List of Ministers).

Remains of the former Mordington Parish Church demolished 1989.  The remains of the former Mordington Church demolished 1989.

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Volumes available for consultation within our Archive

Pre 1855 Memorial inscriptions of Berwickshire by David Cargill.
The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by G. A. C. Binnie.
C.D. The Churches and Churchyards of Berwickshire by James Robson 1896.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Berwickshire.
Pigot's 1837 Directory of Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.
Rutherford's Southern Counties Register and Directory 1867.
C.C. Slater's Directory of Berwickshire 1903.
County Directory of Scotland 1912 - Borders Towns and Villages.
Smallholding Memories - Foulden Community Council.
Irregular marriages Lamberton Toll 1833 to 1849 by Arthur Brack.
Micro fiche. Lamberton Toll Irregular Marriages 1804 to 1816.
Micro fiche. Lamberton Toll Irregular Marriages 1849 to 1855.

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
A walk around Foulden in the thirties and fortiesThe following article was written by Jean Greenland for her granddaughters. She lived in the Manse at Foulden and travelled mostly on foot to all the surrounding area with her parents. Very good.2 pages or more 32Jean Greenland 
The Chisholm Highland ConnectionThe story of the Chisholm family, their involvement in medieval wars and their move from the Borders to the Highlands.5 pages or more 73Gregory Lauder-Frost 

Map of Mordington 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 Mordington 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 Foulden and Mordington monumental inscriptions volume are (number of gravestones in brackets): MURRAY (31), WILSON (22), RENTON (17), PURVES (17), SCOTT (15), JEFFREY (14), SMITH (13), WOOD (11), JOHNSTON (10), COWE (10), PATERSON (10), PATTERSON (8), DARLING (8), BROWN (8), THOMPSON (7), ANDERSON (7), DAVIDSON (7), MILLER (7), CRAIG (7), COCKBURN (7).

Other Sources

Scottish Borders Archive, The Hub, Hawick hold the following records:

The Scottish National Archives Edinburgh contain the following records:

Mordington Parish Church

also the following Maps; .

Berwickshire Naturalists' Club has published the following articles;


The Statistical Accounts of Scotland compiled initially between 1791 and 1799, with a subsequent edition between 1834 and 1845 are a valuable record of the geography, history, economy, people and customs recorded by local ministers. You'll need to search for the parish name.

Mordington Community Council.

RCHAMS website Scotland's Places contains details of

Place and Farm names in Census Records

1841 census: Mordington, Starchhouse, Clappers, Burnhouses, Lamberton, Lamberton Shiels, Ross, Catchapenny, Edrington, Edrington Mill, Edrington Castle.
1851 census: Mordington, Lamberton, Lamberton Shiels, Ross Village, Starch Houses, Clappers, Edrington, Lambs Mill.
1861 census: Mordington, Starch House, Clappes, Lamberton, Lamberton Shiels, Catch-a-Penny, Ross Village, Edrington, Lambs Mill, Edrington Castle.


The population has been recorded as follows: