Richardsons of Berwickshire

this page explores Scotland and the places and events in the early 1800's surrounding W1
Berwickshire County
  • Ladykirk Parish
    • town of Horndean - William Richardson b. 1828
  • Whitsome Parish - 1851 census, William Richardson and Christine Outerson living here
  • Swinton Parish - Christine Outerson buired in Swinton Parish Church
  • Eccles Parish - William Richardson b. 1754 (relationship unknown to W1 July 2003)
  • Edrom - many Richardsons here from Robert Richardson b. 1765
Roxburghshire County
  • Stichel Parish - Isabel Richardson . b. 1752  (relationship unknown to W1 July 2003)
  • Ednam Parish
East Lothian
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/BEW/index.html "BERWICKSHIRE is of an irregular square form, bounded on the N. by East-Lothian; on the E. by the German Ocean; on the S. by the river Tweed, and the English border; and on the W. by the counties of Roxburgh, Peebles and Mid-Lothian."

 at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/BEW/index.html#Genealogy There is a surnames list for Berwickshire. Unfortunately neither Richardson, nor Outerson showed up on the internet list

From the GENUKI page on Berwickshire, created by Vivienne S Dunstan.
a postgraduate history student at Dundee University, there is
tons and tons of Berwickshire links

The Scottish Genealogy Society published a comprehensive volume of "Pre-1855 Tombstone Inscriptions in Berwickshire" many years ago, and has recently reprinted the inscriptions in 3 volumes: 
Volume 1 (The Border Parishes) - Coldstream, Eccles, Foulden, Hutton, Ladykirk, Mordington, Swinton, and Whitsome

Free Historical Maps for the county of Berwickshire  http://www.old-maps.co.uk/gazetteer/10berwi581/10berwi581gazA.htm

read about Macbeth and the Witches of Berwickshire 

http://www.witiger.com/family/richardsonW1map1.htm Berwickshire County

34 miles wide by 19 deep

32,000 people lived here in 1801

http://www.netspace.net.au/~talone/scotgraves/grave2.html Swinton Parish Church
Swinton Parish
Berwickshire County / East Lothian?

We do know that Mrs. W1, Christine Outerson, died in 1870 Dec 15th and was buried in Swinton Parish Church Swinton Berwickshire

The present parish of Swinton comprehends the ancient parishes of Swinton and Simprin, which were united in 1761

The parish registers available worldwide on microfilm include kirk session minutes and accounts for Swinton for the years 1706-1719 (in part 755/1) and accounts for
Swinton and Simprim for the years 1776-1800. 

this pic comes from http://www.netspace.net.au/~talone/scotgraves/grave2.html

Scottish Parish Lists http://www.ktb.net/~dwills/scotref/p-s.htm
says this parish is in East Lothian but I think thatis incorrect, it is in Berwickshire
- only had 560 residents in 1861
A parish in Berwickshire, on the banks of the Tweed, 
anciently called Upsettintoune [Upsettlington], but changed to its present name by James IV, after he had built a handsome church in it which he dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This church is famous as the place where the supplemental treaty to that of   Chateau Cambresis was concluded, between the English and Scots commissioners. The parish is 2 1/2 miles long, and 1 broad, and contains 3500 acres ....
 www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/BEW/Ladykirk/ Page created by Vivienne S Dunstan.
a postgraduate history student at Dundee University

Census returns for Ladykirk in 1811 and 1831 have apparently survived among kirk session records held in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh
(NAS reference CH2/660/4,5)

Horndean - spelled also in old records as Horndene
W5 says W2 was born b. 1828 Jan 08 in town of Horndean in Ladykirk Parish in Berwickshire
W5 says according to the 1851 census, William Richardson and Christine Outerson were living in the parish of Whitsome

It has been suggested that the name of the village derives from the white habits of Cistercian monks who once had a settlement in the area,

Like most of the Borders, Whitsome has had a somewhat eventful past. In July 1482, it was burned to the ground by the Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III of England. According to the Statistical Account, Deadriggs derives its name from Border skirmishes, and the East and West Vaults were named for underground vaults built for shelter and storage in times of any attack from the south. 

The population of the parish in 1755 was 399. By 1799, this had risen to 590. Although not affluent, the parish seems to have been a healthy place to live - Rev Cupples reported that the oldest man and woman in the parish were 93 and 94, respectively. The parishioners were "staunch Presbyterians.

The population of Whitsome fell from 664 in 1831 to 636 in 1833 because of emigration to Canada. By 1861, it was still only 640, and thereafter the fall continued -
608 in 1871, 560 in 1881 and 573 in 1891.
... written by Lesley A. Robertson for www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/BEW/Whitsome/history.html

according to a list of Scottish parishes, 
there was also a Whitsome Parish which carried this name from 1856-1955 it was located in Wigtown County
"A parish in the county of Berwick, extending 8 miles in length from E. to W. and nearly 6 in breadth"
from  www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/BEW/Eccles/
- Population in 1801, 1682

http://www.williamrichardson.ca/richardsonW1map1.htm Scottish Counties maps from

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855.
The General Register Office for Scotland  www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/
GROS - Family Records www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/grosweb/grosweb.nsf/pages/famrec
Therefore, before 1855 it is increasingly difficult to trace family names since it was not done except by those of some standing in the community and all the records of consequence would be within the various parish churches.

It is understood that the Richardsons were Scots, but they did not have a specific Richardson tartan
- various Scottish sources affiliate the Richardson name with the Ogilvy Tartan and the Buchanan Tartan
- tartans were actually a fairly recent invention and the variety and colours we see today were not common in the 1700's and 1600's
- I have been told that hard core geneologists do not make much fuss over tartans since they could be somewhat arbitrary and not very precise
Ogilvy Tartan Buchanan Tartan



changes last made 2004 May 24