Midlothian kirk records uncovered

OLD Midlothian church records are helping to shed light on local family trees. The Scottish Genealogy Society has published four volumes of details archived by the nonconformist churches operating during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Russell Cockburn, a society volunteer, has transcribed details from Kirk Session minutes held at the National Records of Scotland.

The publications are:

l Dalkeith Free Church – baptisms from 1843-1854 and marriages for 1848. The church came into being at the time of the Disruption in 1843;

l St Nicholas Church – testimonials 1764-1789. The church was founded in 1406 as a collegiate church dedicated to St Nicholas;

l Associate Congregational Church, Back Street – Baptisms from 1755 to 1809;

l The Burgher Congregation Church, Buccleuch Street – Baptisms from 1747 to 1763. A praying society, existed from the time of the Covenanters in Easthouses.

The information will benefit anyone researching family history in Dalkeith and surrounding parishes, as the baptisms and marriages do not appear in the usual Church of Scotland birth and marriage records.

For further information, contact the society on 0131 220 3677.