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Catalogue of Fiche, Film and CDs
Note that the spelling of place names may have changed over the years so remember to check all variations.
 Updates highlighted in Red
This catalogue is divided into the following categories.
Choose any link below to go to your area of interest.


County of Bute
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Bute Parishes in the 1861 Census held in the AIGS Library
Note that these items are microfilm of the original Census records and are filed in the Film cabinets under their Parish Numbers.

Cumbraes (552)
Kilbride (553)
Kilmory (554)
Kingarth (555)
Lochranza (556)

North Bute (557)
Rothesay (558)

Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships 1861
The film of 1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships in Port covers all of Scotland.  For Bute, ships are listed in the following Registration Districts: -  Kingarth, Lochranza, North Bute and Rothesay.
These entries are all listed on film 902.


Index to the Marine Returns for Scotland
fiche Sct 1E

1881 Census Index  for entire County of Buteshire in 6 sets of fiche.  
(Surname Index, Birth Place Index, Census Place Index, As Enumerated, Misc. Notes, Institutions) 
Also on CD (1881 British Census and Index)

Parishes in the 1891 Census in the AIGS Library
We have a complete set of Indexes for all parishes for the 1891 Census on microfiche.


Decisions of the Court of Session 1781-1822
Published by David Hume in 1839 this is a wonderful record of hundreds
of court decisions involving people from all over Scotland.



1825 Pigot's Directory of Scotland
1837 Directory of Buteshire

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1915 Directory of Scotland [Private Residents & Trades]
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection
fiche Sct 419-425


Francis Groome's 1896 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland [6 volumes]
together with additional material and  indexes. 


Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland.


Analytical Index to the Statutory Registers of Deaths for Scotland [McKirdy Index]   Bute 1855-1875

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The collection of Maps held in the library is in paper format, and will be found in either the Maps
Stands or on top of the film cabinets in Map holders.

Civil Parishes and Counties of Scotland showing Overall Dates of Old Parochial Records Held in Edinburgh
and available Worldwide on microfilm - County of Bute & Argyll.
Plan of Rothesay [from the actual survey 1822, Wood, John]
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Story of the County of Bute, and families connected therewith. By John Eaton Reid.
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Monumental Inscriptions for the following cemeteries: -
Rothesay - Rothesay Cemetery 1745-1944,
Rothesay - Croc-an-Raer Cemetery, 1844-1956.

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Merchant Seamen Crew Lists & Agreements. 1863-1913 [CLIP]


The Register of Apprentices of the City of Edinburgh 1583-1800
Note:  These Apprentices come from all parts of Scotland.          


Historical Clock & Watchmakers Index  [UK-wide index]


Merchant Seamen’s Crew Agreement Lists 1851 PRO Catalogue No. BT 98
Note: The area designation relates to the ships’ Port of Registration not the birthplace of the seaman. 
A seaman could sign on anywhere and change ships at will, so if you do not find him where expected try other areas.

The files include a Master Surname Index to Lists published to date.
Areas covered are:-Aberdeen, Angus, Cornwall, Lanark, Renfrew, Scotland South- East, Scotland South-West, Highlands & Islands, Wales, Ireland North (Ulster), Ireland Mid  & East (Leinster) Ireland South &West (Munster & Connaught).


Abbreviations used:  B. Burials,  C. Christenings/Baptisms,  D. Deaths,  M. Marriages.

Kilbride Parish Register [Blotter] [523]
Births & Baptisms 1819-1854.
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Kingarth Parish Register [555]
Christenings 1727-1854; Burials 1768-1786, Marriages 1837-1854

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North Bute Parish Register [557]
Christenings 1844-1854, Marriages 1844-1854.

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Rothesay Parish Register [558]
Christenings 1691-1855, Marriages 1691-1854, Births 1673-1694

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Rothesay Parish Register [Blotter] [558]
Marriage Proclamation Fees  1817-1821
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Wills before 1875 were proved in Commissariot Courts.
The areas covered by Commissariot Courts pre 1800 in Scotland relate to Church jurisdiction and not county borders
so more than one Court can cover a County. 

The Commissariot Court of Edinburgh had jurisdiction for the whole of Scotland and abroad and should also be checked. 
These Testaments are for personal property only.

The Library has a complete set of Indexes for pre 1800 Commissariot Court Wills.

The Commissariot of Edinburgh was the main court and covered all of Scotland and overseas as well as the local area and should always be checked. fiche T11-T23
The Commisariot of The Isles covers the County of Bute.
fiche T33
Land was covered by separate laws and is covered by the records detailed in:
The Retours of Services of Heirs index 1544 - 1699
The Service of Heirs Index
1700 - 1859
Scottish Calendar of Confirmations (of wills) 1876 - 1923 fiche)

British Probate Calendar  1858 - 1898
Contains English and Welsh Wills and Administrations as well as some Irish and Scottish entries.
Entries can also be found from around the world and from deaths many years earlier. (See Guide)
Where a Scottish testator also held property in England, for the years listed below, wills were also proved in London
and indexes to these are found at the end of the films listing English probate, on the last film for each year after the letter 'Z.'
1858 to 1866 inclusive.
1869 to 1876 inclusive.
Register of Defuncts  1827 - 1865
Index to the Inventories of the Personal Estates of Defuncts recorded in the Commissary
Court Books of Edinburgh, Haddington and Linlithgow for 1827-1865 and Commissary
Court Books of Lanark, Dunbarton, Renfrew, Bute and Argyll for 1846-1865.
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Hearth Tax - List of hearths (excepting Mull, Tiree, Coll & other parts then in rebellion) 1694.
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