"INNERWICK, a parish, containing a post-office village of its own name, and the village of Thorntonloch, in the east of Haddingtonshire. It is bounded, on the north-east by the German ocean; on the east by Oldhamstocks; on the south, by Berwickshire; and on the other sides by Spott and Dunbar. It is of somewhat a horse-shoe form, with the convex side facing the west, and measures about 9 1/2 miles in length by about 2 1/2 in average breadth ... Population of the parish in 1831, 987; in 1861, 937." [From the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868]
A lengthier description is available.


Church Records

The parish church (Church of Scotland) has registers dating from 1614. Old Parish Registers (before 1855) are held in the General Register Office for 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 Scottish Record Office as are any records of non-conformist churches in the area (often unfilmed and unindexed, and only available there). The microfilm copy of the parish registers for Innerwick includes kirk session minutes for 1691-1710. Kirk session records for other time periods are held in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh.

Photos of the churches are available.


Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For details of these and other records held at the General Register Office in Edinburgh, see the GRO tutorial.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Innerwick which are provided by:



Extracts for this parish from the 1868 National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland are available.



This map shows the location of the parish in the county.

The Scottish Record Office holds the following as part of its collection of maps and plans:

  • 1771: Plan of a limestone quarry at Skate-row harbour. Scale 1:4000. Size 40x29cm. Grid (map) reference NT7375. SRO reference RHP.627
  • 1792: Estate plan showing farms of Weatherly (Waldalie) and Croftangry. Scale 1:8900. Size 48x32cm. Grid (map) reference NT6771. SRO reference RHP.1037
  • 1882: Plan of estate of Branxton (in parishes of Innerwick, Oldhamstocks and Cockburnspath). Scale 1:7100. Size 137x106cm. Grid (map) reference NT7569. SRO reference RHP.3311

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT709689 (Lat/Lon: 55.912316, -2.467509), Innerwick which are provided by:



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



For a social and economic record of the parishes of East Lothian together with considerable statistical material, see Sir John Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland, which was compiled in the 1790s. Follow-up works to this were the New Statistical Account (also known as the Second Statistical Account) which was prepared in the 1830s and 1840s; and more recently the Third Statistical Account which has been prepared since the Second World War.

Thanks to a joint venture between the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh the First and Second Statistical Accounts can now be accessed on-line at The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1799 and 1845.