"BRANXTON a small parish on the borders of Scotland, comprises 1,487 acres, the property of John Collingwood, Esq., and the trustees of the late R.C. Askew, Esq. Its population in 1801, was 209; in 1811, 261; in 1821, 253; in 1831, 249; in 1841, 261; and in 1851, 248 souls. The parish possesses no dependent townships, and the manor of Branxton was anciently the property of the Selby family. The VILLAGE of Branxton is situated nine miles north-west by north of Wooler. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Paul, is a very neat edifice occupying the site of an ancient church, which was taken down and the present structure erected, in 1849, and a cost of £470." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].

The parishe Registers also include Hepple and Thropton



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841-1891 and provides a useful User Guide  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN34) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Branxton, St Paul: Records of baptisms 1736-1997, marriages 1754-1863 and burials 1739-1969 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Full transcriptions of the Bishops Transcripts Baptisms Marriages and Burials 1762 to 1865 can be found using the following link, please scroll down to relevant parish
  • https://northumberlandparishregistertranscriptslocalhistory.wordpress.com/
  • nternational Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1736-1812 and marriages 1754-1811 for this parish
  • Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1754-1811 and banns 1754-1800.
  • Transcripts of baptisms 1746-1812, marriages 1754-1812 and burials 1739-1812 for Branxton are available at the  Local Studies section of newcastle central Library. A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Branxton (microfiche TN74) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.
Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland North First Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered from Northumberland County Council.

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Branxton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Branxton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.





You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT891375 (Lat/Lon: 55.630944, -2.17468), Branxton which are provided by:


Military Records


John Ewart Ewart age 25 Private TR5/45115  81st Bn Training Reserve died 25 April 1917 son of Mrs Hannah Ewart of Downham, Mindrum.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Branxton Parish was part of Glendale Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Wooler. Some records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office, but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and photographs of Glendale Workhouse.