Prisoners from Coldingham, 1842-1877

This is a list of prisoners between 1842 and 1877 who were born or resident in Coldingham parish. The list was prepared using the database of Scottish Borders prison registers which has been compiled by Graham and Emma Maxwell, who have given permission for the list to be reproduced here. If you find a relative in these records you should contact the couple to order a copy (at low cost) of the full prison register entry for your ancestor. The original prison registers are very informative. I found a ggg-grandfather from Hawick in there, and now know why he was in prison, how long his sentence was for, as well as his height, hair colour, eye colour, and weight. Likewise my relative Thomas Fair from Swansfield listed below is someone I now know more about.

The list below is alphabetical. Each line has name, occupation and residence, age, birthplace, the prison they served time, and the year of their imprisonment. The list is in a number of sections, each dealing with a different connection with Coldingham, so there are some overlaps, and some names occur multiple names. The original records are held at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and Graham and Emma can provide copies of these.


resident at Coldingham:

Name, Occupation and Residence Age Birthplace Prison Year
William Bell, Labourer, Coldingham 18 Coldingham Greenlaw 1845
George Cormack, [left blank], Coldingham 35 Coldingham Greenlaw 1849
Janet Eddson or Blyth, Hawker, Coldingham 24 Wigtown Greenlaw 1855
John Fulton, Hawker, Coldingham 44 Coldingham Greenlaw 1847
John Gibson or Patton, Labourer, Coldingham 15 Leith Greenlaw 1855
John Gibson or Patton, Labourer, Coldingham 17 Leith Greenlaw 1857
John Gibson or Patton, Labourer, Coldingham 17 Leith Greenlaw 1857
William Gibson, Basket maker, Coldingham 65 Tranent Greenlaw 1856
William Gibson, Basketmaker, Coldingham, Berwickshire 65 Tranent Greenlaw 1856
Andrew Givens, Labourer, Coldingham 60 Selkirk Greenlaw 1859
Mary Givens or Robertson, none, Coldingham 29 Ancrum Greenlaw 1859
James Haggarty Junr., Hawker, Coldingham 24 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1861
James Haggerty, Mugger, Coldingham 37 Broomhouse Greenlaw 1847
Helen McCracken, House Wife, Coldingham Moor 49 Salton Greenlaw 1851
George McCrackin, Cotton Spiner, Coldingham Moor 59 Ireland Greenlaw 1851
William Moffat, Carter, Coldingham 53 Lumsdean Greenlaw 1844
Catharine Patton, Lodging house Keeper, Coldingham 51 Ireland Greenlaw 1855
Catherine Patton, Lodging house Keeper, Coldingham 50 Ireland Greenlaw 1854
Frances Purves, Labourer, Coldingham 20 Coldingham Greenlaw 1858
Robert Purves, Carter, Coldingham 22 Coldingham Greenlaw 1843
David Robertson, Hawker, Coldingham 33 Alnwick Greenlaw 1861
Robert Robertson, Hawker, Coldingham 24 Tranent Greenlaw 1848
James Scott, Fish Curer, Coldingham 19 Coldingham Greenlaw 1853
William Scott, Fish Curer, Coldingham 21 Belhaven Greenlaw 1853
Joseph Shillinglaw, Labourer, Coldingham Muir 48 Lauder Greenlaw 1859
James Steel, Labourer, Coldingham 35 Coldingham Greenlaw 1848
James Steele, Labourer, Coldingham 40 Coldingham Greenlaw 1854
John Wait, Labourer, Coldingham 18 Cranshaws Greenlaw 1843
Francis Waite, Blacksmith, Coldingham 23 Coldingham Greenlaw 1843

resident at Reston:

Name, Occupation and Residence Age Birthplace Prison Year
James Bond, Labourer, Reston 26 Docking, Norfolk Greenlaw 1845
Mary France, Servant maid, Reston 25 does not Know Greenlaw 1853
Bernard Frier, Labourer, Reston 41 Ireland Greenlaw 1845
Eliza Hand, none, Reston 31 Ireland Greenlaw 1849
James Johnston, Labourer, Reston 18 Dowlaw Greenlaw 1848
Mary Lun, Servant, Preston 24 Parish of Greenlaw Greenlaw 1852
James Mabon, Labourer, Reston 21 Ireland Greenlaw 1846
Peter McCarel, Labourer, Reston 24 Cloghar, Ireland Greenlaw 1853
William McKew, Labourer, Reston 28 Syllaggugh, Co. Mayo Greenlaw 1849
Hugh O’Brien, Labourer, Reston 35 Ireland Greenlaw 1849
Henderson Siman, Porter, Reston 42 Burntisland Greenlaw 1850
Mark Smith, Labourer, Reston 23 Wark Greenlaw 1844

resident at Auchencrow:

Name, Occupation and Residence Age Birthplace Prison Year
James Haggarty, Hawker, Auchencrow 17 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1853
James Haggerty, Mugger, Auchencrow 43 Broomhouse Greenlaw 1853
James Haggerty Junior, [left blank], Auchencrow 22 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1859
Mary Horne or Allan, none, Auchencrow 59 Coldstream Greenlaw 1849
James Johnston, Labourer, Auchencrow 33 Swinton Greenlaw 1853
James Johnston, Labourer, Auchencrow 33 Swinton Greenlaw 1854
James Johnston Junr., Labourer, Auchencrow 34 Swinton Greenlaw 1855
John McMarran, Labourer, Auchencrow 25 Belfast Greenlaw 1847

born Coldingham parish:

Name, Occupation and Residence Age Birthplace Prison Year
William Aitchison alias William Kay, Shoemaker, Duns 24 Butterdean Greenlaw 1859
William Bell, Labourer, Coldingham 18 Coldingham Greenlaw 1845
David Blackhall, Hind or Farm Servant, Horsely 31 Howpark Greenlaw 1857
James Buglass or Jas. Cairns, Labourer, Duns 25 Coldingham Greenlaw 1860
James Bugless, [left blank], Duns 25 Coldingham Greenlaw 1860
Daniel Carter, Labourer, Lamberton 23 Coldingham Greenlaw 1843
George Cormack, [left blank], Coldingham 35 Coldingham Greenlaw 1849
John Cormack Junior, none, Eyemouth 11 Coldingham Shore Greenlaw 1851
Mathew Cowe, Labourer, Flemington 24 Greenhead Greenlaw 1849
Mathew Cowe, Libourer, Flemington 24 Greenhead Greenlaw 1849
Thomas Fair, Proprietor of Swansfield, Swansfield 36 Swansfield Greenlaw 1853
John Fulton, Hawker, Coldingham 44 Coldingham Greenlaw 1847
John Gillies, Mason, Ayton 20 Coldingham Greenlaw 1847
Robert Guthrie, Labourer, Duns 33 Reston Greenlaw 1854
James Haggarty, Hawker, Auchencrow 17 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1853
James Haggarty Junr., Hawker, Coldingham 24 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1861
James Haggerty Junior, [left blank], Auchencrow 22 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1859
Mary Ann Harrington, Pedlar, Hawick 40 Reston Selkirk 1877
Peter Hunter, Farm Servant, Lintlaw 42 Sunnyside Greenlaw 1861
James Johnston, Labourer, Reston 18 Dowlaw Greenlaw 1848
James Luke, none, Hopprig 14 Brockhole, Parish of Coldingham Greenlaw 1854
William Moffat, Carter, Coldingham 53 Lumsdean Greenlaw 1844
Catherine Norris, Hawker, Swinton 57 Sunnyside Greenlaw 1860
Adam Ogilvy, Labourer, [left blank] 35 Howpark, Parish of Coldingham Greenlaw 1854
Mary Patterson, None, Duns 57 Reston Greenlaw 1843
Frances Purves, Labourer, Coldingham 20 Coldingham Greenlaw 1858
Matthew Purves, Labourer, Slighthouses 24 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1846
Robert Purves, Carter, Coldingham 22 Coldingham Greenlaw 1843
William Purves, Fisher, Eyemouth 37 Coldingham Greenlaw 1851
William Purves, Fisher, Eyemouth 39 Coldingham Greenlaw 1852
Alexander Rentin or Renton, Hawker, Kelso 38 Coldingham Jedburgh 1843
William Robertson, Labourer, Chirnside 27 Auchencrow Greenlaw 1861
James Scott, Fish Curer, Coldingham 19 Coldingham Greenlaw 1853
James Steel, Labourer, Coldingham 35 Coldingham Greenlaw 1848
James Steele, Labourer, Coldingham 40 Coldingham Greenlaw 1854
William Trotter, Labourer, Ladyflat 16 Coldingham Greenlaw 1842
Francis Waite, Blacksmith, Coldingham 23 Coldingham Greenlaw 1843