I am often asked to search for Presbyterians who lived in the northern parts of Northumberland. Before 1837, they had a choice of marrying in  the local C of E church or traveling over the Border for either an Irregular Border Marriage at a "marriage house" or one in the local C of S church. Apart from those found on the Scotlands People website, the marriage records are sparse or non-existent so whenever I see some mentioned, I transcribe them. This is a work in progress. Here are some that were recorded in the Presbyterian chapel register at Berwick on Tweed in the 1700's.

Cross Border Marriages in the register of Berwick Presbyterian chapel at Shaws Lane, Berwick (later Chapel Street, Berwick) Ref: RG4/2680 (pencil note, not authenticated by the Communicants) (italics are my own)

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John Baxter (son of John Baxter and Patience Baxter of the parish of Cockermouth county of Cumberland (S. Britain) and Margaret Smith (dau of Alex Smith and Eliz Smith of the parish of Berwick upon Tweed) were joined in the bond of matrimony  according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Paxtown, parish of N  Britain on the 13th day of Janr 1785. By Andr Thomson minir. Jn Baxter, soldier signed his name Margret lately Smith Nortl? Border Entered? Contracted? this 13th day of January 1785 by me Andrew Thomson Prot(estant) Diss(enting) Minr (minister) Witnesses: Alexr. Smith and Charles Truman

* James Weatherburn (son of Henry and Agnes Weatherburn of Horncliff parish Norham) and Christen Philip (dau of Andrew and Margaret Philip of East Ord parish of Tweedmouth) Both of East Ord parish of Tweedmouth in the county of Durham, South Britain were joined in the bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Mordington North Britainon the 23rd day of Decr. 1784. By Andrew Thomson minr. James his X mark Weatherburn Registrated? this 13th day of Jany 1785 by Andr. Thomson Prot. Dissent. Minr. In presence of these witnesses Henry Honeyman 21st Decr. 1785 Inspected and Duty paid Thos Davidson collr.

* Robert Hadden corporal in the 4th Battalion Royal Regt. of Artillery, son of George Hadden farmer in the parish of Kincardine O Neil (Aberdeenshire) and Jane Hadden his wife, and Jane Wallace lawful dau of Edward Wallace Skinner in Berwick upon Tweed and Mary his wife, spinster were joined in the bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland by Andrew Thomson minr. On this 20th day of March 1786 Robt. Hadden corpl Royal Artillery Jane Wallace now Hadden (both signed their names) In the presence of these witnesses: Willm. Somervell witness Elizabeth her X mark Wallace Registrated this 7th day of April 1786 by Andr. Thomson Prot. Diss. Minr.

* George Miller of the parish of Ford, batchelor son of George and Isabella Miller of the parish of Ford also, and Ann Havery widow of the parish of Kyloe in the county of Northumberland having produced marriage lines from the Rev. Mr George Goodwill minr of Kyloe and the Revd John Wood minr of Crookham were joined in the holy bond of matrimony at Paxtown in the parish of Hutton North Britain by Andrew Thomson minr Sept 30 1786 George Miller Ann Havery (both signed their names) In presence of these witnesses: Ralph Havery, John Havery Registrated this 30th day of Sept. 1786 by Andrew Thomson Prot. Diss. Minr. 14th Feb 1787 Inspected and Duty Paid Thos. Davidson collr.

* Thomas Watson ship carpenter and batchelor of the parish of Berwick upon Tweed son of Andrew Watson and Mary Watson of the parish of Belford county of Northumberland and Jane Davison spinster of the parish of Tweedmouth and daughter of John Davison and Catherine Davison of the same parish were joined in the holy bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Paxtown in the parish of Hutton North Britain on the 22nd day of Novr. 1786 Andrew Thomson minr, Thomas Watson John (!) Davison (both signed their names) Witnesses: James ……..? Ann Atkinson Registrated this 23rd day of Nov 1786 By Andr. Thomson Prot. Diss. Minr.

* James Carr ship carpenter and batchelor of the parish of Berwick upon Tweed and Elizabeth Denholmof the same parish spinster were joined in the holy bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Lamberton in the parish of Mordington North Britain on the 26th day of Decr 1786 by Andrew Thomson minr. James Carr Elizabeth her X mark Denholm Witnesses: Luke Hiloreth Elizabeth Hay Registrated this 27th day of Decr 1786 by Andr. Thomson Prot Diss Minr

* Luke Hildrath ship carpenter and batchelor of the parish of Berwick upon Tweed and Elizabeth Hay of the same parish spinster were joined in the holy bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Lamberton in the parish of Mordington North Britain on the 26th day of Decr 1786 by Andrew Thomson minr. Luke Hildreth Elizabeth Hay (both signed their names) Witnesses: James Carr and Elizabeth her X mark Denholm Registrated this 27th day of Decr. 1786 by Andr. Thomson Prot. Diss. Minr.

* Thomas Dickson labourer and batchelor of the parish of Hutton Berwickshire and Elizabeth Burn spinster of the town and parish of Berwick upon Tweed were joined in the holy bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Lambertown in the parish of Mordington North Britain on the 9th day of May 1787 by Andrew Thomson minr Thomas Dickson Elizabeth her X mark Burn in the presence of these witnesses: Barbara her X mark Thomson Registrated this 9th day of May 1787 by Andrew Thomson Prot. Diss. Minr. *

27th Nov 1787 Inspected and Duty Paid to Jos.Moscrop for Thos. Davidson collr.

Thomas Dickinson gentleman and batchelor and Mileah Drinkoaw spinster both of the parish of Great Driffield in the county of York were joined in the holy bond of matrimony according to the usage of the Church of Scotland at Paxtown in the parish of Hutton county of Berwick North Britain this 14th day of Febr 1791 by Andrew Thomson minr. Stephen Dickinson      Mileah Dickinson (both signed their names) The witnesses present were: Robert English and Isabella English Registrated this 14th day of Febr 1791 By Andw. Thomson Prot, diss. Minr. 4th Nov 1791 @Inspected and Duty Paid to Isabl. Moscrop for Thos Davison collr.

* Thomas Fleming of the Musical Band in 51st Regt Foot bachelor and Elenor Reid spinster of the town and parish of Berwick upon Tweed were joined in the holy bond of matrimony at Paxton parish of Hutton Berwickshire according to the usage of the Church of Scotland on 29th Sept 1778 by And. Thomson Witnesses Joseph Fleming Christian her x mark Reid ditto 

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