Freemen welcomed into the fold

Anna Reay, William Reay and Clare Durston were installed as Freemen in a ceremony in the Guildhall in Berwick on Monday morning

Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 9:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 9:30 am
Freedom ceremony in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

They are pictured with family members, the civic party and members of the Guild of Freemen.

They are all descendants of John Reay, inducted in 2015.

Freedom ceremony in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Freemen of Berwick date back 1,000 years when all the land belonged to the King. Berwick was in Scotland and was a Royal Burgh. Freemen leased plots of land from the king and those who occupied them were called burgesses. Proceeds from the Freemen’s Estate are still passed annually to Berwick Town Council.

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Anna Reay, William Reay and Clare Durston were installed as Freemen in a ceremony in the Guildhall where they are seen with their family. Picture by Jane Coltman