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"MORDINGTON, a parish in the extreme east of the coast of Berwickshire ... The parish is bounded by the German ocean, the liberties of Berwick, and the parishes of Hutton, Foulden, and Ayton ...The present parish of Mordington comprehends the ancient parishes of Mordington and Lamberton ... The ancient Mordington was very small, comprising less than half of the united parish." from the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.

See also Lamberton.


The Borders Family History Society has published a booklet of monumental inscriptions for Foulden and Mordington.

Pre-1855 inscriptions for the parish are contained in the Scottish Genealogy Society's original publication of Pre-1855 Tombstone Inscriptions in Berwickshire (long out of print) but are also in the first volume of a new edition of these pre-1855 Berwickshire monumental inscriptions.


Graham and Emma Maxwell have transcribed and indexed the 1841, 1851 and 1861 census returns for this parish.

Church History

Mordington parish contains the old parish of Lamberton and a 19th century history of that parish can be read online.

Church Records

The parish church (Church of Scotland) has registers dating from 1721. Old Parish Registers (before 1855) are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and copies on microfilm may be consulted in local libraries and in LDS Family History Centres around the world. Later parish registers (after 1855) are often held in the National Records of Scotland as are any records of non-conformist churches in the area (often unfilmed and unindexed, and only available there).

The parish registers available worldwide on microfilm include kirk session accounts for the years 1744-1767 (in part 752/1 of the microfilm). More information on kirk sessions and their records can be found in the Church Records section of the Berwickshire page.

Lamberton Toll in this parish was often a destination for runaway marriages (for more information on these runaway marriages see the Church Records section of the Berwickshire page). Indexes of some of the marriages at Lamberton Toll have been published:

See also The story of Lamberton Toll: the Gretna of the East by Alexander C.A. Stevens, published at Berwick-on-Tweed in 1933 (52 pages).

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For further details of this see the National Records of Scotland website.


Ordnance Survey maps covering Mordington include:

Mordington is also covered by an old Victorian one-inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map published by Caledonian Maps. The relevant sheet is sheet number 34 "Eyemouth" which also includes Burnmouth, Chirnside, Cockburnspath, Coldingham, Edrom, Foulden, Grantshouse, Preston and St Abb's Head.

The National Records of Scotland holds the following as part of its collection of maps and plans:

(Monumental Inscriptions - see Cemeteries)


Here are some figures showing the parish's population through time:

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