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1939 Directory

The 1939 Berwickshire Advertiser

Directory of Berwickshire

Ayton extracts


Aitchison, Wm. G. Beadle and Caretaker, Ayton Old Church

Allan, Miss, Bootmerchant

Allan, J.N., Black Bull Hotel

Armitage, T.G., Baker

Automobile Association Tel Box 38. Patrolman on duty – hours 11am to 11.30am ; 3pm to 3.30pm

Bennet, John. Stationmaster. Tel 24

Burn, C.T. Slaterer and Plasterer

Burn, W.G., Shoemaker

Christie, A.H., Plumber

Christie, J.K., Plumber

Cooper, J., Saddler & Ironmonger

Connochie, Mrs, Red Lion Hotel

Craig, M., Baker

Craig, J.D., Joiner

Dalgetty, Miss, Coal Merchant &c

Dalgetty, J.G., Tailor & Clothier

Doughty, D.B., Poultry Farm

Doughty, T.P., Writer

Frater, W.R. & Sons, Painters

Fyfe, A., Overseer, Ayton Castle

Hall, W. A., Cycle Agent. Tel 23

Hay, W., District Roadman

Hume, J.W., Painter and Decorator

Hume, Miss, Confectioner

Hume, Miss J.B., Stationer and “Advertiser” Newsagent

Inglis and Hogg, Joiner and Saw Miller

Ingles, J.I., Stationer, etc. Post Office. Tel 1

Jeffry, Mrs, Stationer & Newsagent

Johnston, John, Grocer (licensed)

Lawrie, T., Motor Hirer

Lugton, P., Draper

Marshall, T.A., Tailor

Martin, Jas., Bleachfield Mill

Martin, James, Gas Manager

Mason, J.M., Draper

Miller, P.C., Police Station. Tel 27

Morrison, A., Nurseyman

Phillips, A., Confectioner

Sanderson, D.H., Grain Merchant

Scott, P.W., Contractors, Whitrig. Tel 17

Spence, Misses, Dairy

Spratt, Mrs, Game Dealer

Stoddart, D.M., Grocer (licensed) Tel 22

SMT Agent, A. Philips, Grocer

Tait, Wm., Haulage Contractor. Tel 8.

Turner, Jas. & Sons, Slaters and Plasterers

Watt, Miss, Boarding House

Watt, Robt., Coal Merchant

Weddell, A., Blacksmith

White, John, Butcher

Whitehead, Jas. C., Cycle Agent

Wilson, A., Vet.Surgeon. Tel 21.

Wood & Sons, Motor Engineers. Tel 5. Depot for Robertson’s Parcel Delivery Service (Berwick and Kelso) A.A. Garage Roadside’Phone 38.


Resident J.P.’s

J.J. Rankin, Ayton Law (Tel Ayton 6)

James Scott, Whiterig

J.D. Smith, Peelwalls (Tel Ayton 15)

George Hardy

N W Willins, Kirklands


Churches - Church of Scotland, Rev. D.A. Hodges

Session Clerk, F.S. Leys;

Organist, D MacDonald


Public School - J Fotheringham, Headmaster


Post Office - Mr Jas. Ingles. Tel. 1


Inspector of Poor and Registrar - A.Gladstone.


Poorhouse Attendant – A. Chisholm


Medical Practitioner - Dr Edgecombe, who is on the

Berwickshire Insurance Committee’s Panel. Tel 2.


Oddfellows Society

Secretary, A.H. Christie

Treasuerer, J. Aitchison

Secretary Insurance Section, J.A. Shed


Burial Ground - Clerk, A. Gladstone; Attendant, W White


Ayton District Nursing Association - Secretary, Mrs Smith, Peelwalls (Tel 15); Treasurer, Mrs Martin.


District Nurse - Nurse Plenderleith, c/o Lugton, Beanburn, Ayton


Rural Workers’ Approved Society – J.C. Whitehead, secretary


Banks - Mr G.G. Hogarth, Commercial, Tel.4; Mr W.F. Sanderson, Royal Bank of Scotland (Tel 28)


Ayton and District Cow Insurance Club - J.A. Shed, Secretary


Royal National Lifeboat Institution – Ayton and Burnmouth Branch.

Secretary, James Affleck

Treasurer, Mr N.W. Willans, Royal Bank


Ayton Ex-Service and Recreation Club

Secretary, A. Gladstone

Chairman of Ex- Service Club, Mr N.W. Willins

Caretaker of Ex-Service Club, J. Anderson


Tennis Club - Secretary, J. Aitchison


Old Age Pensions - Clerk, A. Gladstone


Horticultural Society – Secretary and Treasurer, A Gladstone



President, Mrs Stoddart

Secretary, Miss Gladstone

Ayton Troop of Boy Scouts – Scoutmaster (acting) Rev D.A. Hodges


Ayton Girl Guides – Captain, Miss P Willins

Brownies: Captain, Miss E. Hardy


Volunteer Hall - Secretary, W.D. Marshall. Caretaker, J. Cooper


Population of Parish

In 1911 -1577.

In 1921 – 1521

In 1931 – 1413

Valuation, £13,051, rateable £6,295; Railways £101, rateable £19; Electrical £71, rateable £49


Half-Holiday - Thursday


Postal Directory of Farmers

The first figures given after each farm indicate the gross annual value, being the yearly rent or value, and the second figures denote the rateable value in each case.


Ale Mill (£225 16s, £28 5s), G York

Ayton Law (£710, £88 15s), J. J. Rankin. Tel. 6.

Ayton Mains (£202, £25 5s), Mrs M. Craig.

Ayton Mill, Messrs Yorke and Finlay

Bastleridge (£202, £25 5s), T. Hume. Tel 18

Chesterbank (£111 19s 6d, £14), Jas. Wood.

Cocklaw (£528, £66), R. Steele. Tel 36

Fairnieside (£794, £99 5s), D. Prentice. Tel. 37.

Easter Flemington (£100, £12 5s) Joseph Wood.

Eyemouth Mill (£193, £23 15s), J McD Walker. Tel. 30.

Greystonelees (£184, £23), Dalgetty and Gray

Gunsgreen Hill (£349, £43 10s), J.H. Sanderson. Tel Eyemouth 40

Highlaws (£300, £37 10s), J. Brown. Tel Eyemouth 67

Killielaw Muir (£68. £8 10s), Mrs C. Craig  and J. B. Craig.

Linthill (£494, £61 15s), J. S. Rae.

Littledean (£364, £45 10s), J. T. Craig.

Netherbyres Mill. and Flemington (£54, £6 15s), W. Bell.

Peelwalls (£320, £40), Messrs J. and G. Brown

Prenderguest (£682, £85 5s), D. F. Lindsay. Tel. 3.

Redhall (£244 10s, £30 10s), J.H. Sanderson.

Upper Killielaw (£103 10s, £13), G. Nisbet

West Flemington (£172, £21 10s), Messrs Wood.

Whiterig (£829 12s, £103 15s), Jas. Scott. Tel. 17.

Whitecross (£272, £34), Messrs Johnnston.

Whitfield (£272, £34), Messrs Smith.



Landed Gentry & Resident in the County


Furness, Sir Christopher, Netherbyres. Tel Eyemouth 37

Liddell-Grainger, Lady Muriel., Ayton Castle. Tel 12.

Smith, Mr & Mrs J.D., Peelwalls. Tel 15

Martin, Mr and Mrs Jas., Bleachfield Tel 40

Burn-Murdoch, Sheriff-Sub., H.B., Balabraes. Tel. Ayton 10

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