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"KIDLAND LORDSHIP is an extra parochial liberty, situated two miles north by west of Alwinton, the property of Sir Thomas Legard, and comprises an area of 11,825 acres of which the rateable value is £1,742. Population in 1801, 60; in 1811, 54; in 1821, 62; in 1831, 69; in 1841, 63: and in 1851, 61 souls. This is a mountainous district, and the Cheviot breed of sheep are found here in their greatest perfection. The principal mountains in and about this lordship are Cheviot, Cushit, Flint Crag, Hogdon Law, Maiden Cross, Milkhope, Rookland, Shillmoor, &c. The neighbourhood of Kidland Lee, on the west side of the Alwine, is the most fertile part of this district, though the great majority of the hills are covered with rich verdure. Here are the remains of some ancient British entrenchments, and in a romantic glen, near the source of the Alwine, the ruins of Memmerkirk are still visible." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN27) published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church Records

Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Kidland is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Kidland was part of Rothbury Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Rothbury. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and maps of Rothbury Workhouse.