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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.

1861 Census    

1861  Census Indexes

1881 Census Transcript & Index

1891 Census Index

Court Records  





Parish Registers    

Probate Records & Wills   


Kirkcudbright 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.

Anwoth (855)
Balmaclellan (856)
Balmaghie (857)
Borg/Borgue (858)
Buittle (859)
Carsphairn (860)
Colvend (861)
Corsock-Bridge (862)
Crossmichael (863)
Dalbeattie (864)
Dalry (865)
Girthon (866)
Irongray (867)
Kells (868)
Kelton (869)
Kirkbean (870)
Kirkcudbright (871)
Kirkgunzeon (872)
Kirkmabreck (873)
Kirkpatrick-Durham (874)
Lochrutton (875)
Minnigaff (876)
New Abbey (877)
Parton (878)
Rerrick (879)
Terregles (880)
Tongland (881)
Troqueer (882)
Twynholm (883)
Urr (884)

1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships
The film of 1861 Census of Merchant and Royal Navy Ships in Port covers all of Scotland
 For Kirkcudbright, ships are listed in the following Registration Districts: -
Anworth, Borgue, Buittle, Girthon & Rerrick.
These entries are all listed on film 902.


Index to the Marine Returns for Scotland

fiche Sct 1

1881 Census Index  for entire County of Kirkcudbright 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 Kirkcudbright 1891 Census in the AIGS Library
We have a complete set of Indexes for all parishes for the 1891 Census.


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.



1820 Pigots Directory of Kirkcudbrightshire
Part of the Nick Vine Hall Collection
  fiche Kkd 1
1825 Pigot & Co. Directory of Scotland
1837 Directory of Kirkcudbrightshire
Part of the Nick Vine Hall Collection
fiche Kkd 4
1852 Slaters Directory of Kirkcudbrightshire
Part of the Nick Vine Hall Collection
fiche Kkd 2
1915 Directory of Scotland [Private Residents & Trades]
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection Fiche
fiche Sct 419-425


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


Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland


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 for the Counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown.
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


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.

Balmaclellan Parish Registers [856]  Parochial Board Poor’s Account Book 1845-1855
Film Sct 27
Girthon Blotter Parish Register [866] [Cally House Private Chapel] - Church of England]
Baptisms 1850-1904,  Marriages 1853-1909
Film Sct 6
Kirkbean Parish Registers.  Baptisms 1714-1854,  Marriages 1714-1790, 1825-1856
Burials 1714, 1787, 1824-1854
Film Kkd 3
Kirkcudbright Parish Registers [871]  Baptisms 1706-1708, 1743-1810, 1820-1854
Marriages 1743-1805, 1820-1854,  Burials 1783-1792, 1826-1853
Film Kkd 3
Kirkgunzeon Parish Registers [872],  Baptisms 1702-1854,  Marriages 1812-1854
Film Kkd 3
Kirkmabreck Parish Registers [873],  Baptisms 1703-1854,  Marriages 1820-1854
Burials 1820-1840,  Transcripts from the Register of Neglected Entries
Film Kkd 3
Twynholm Parish Registers [883],  Baptisms 1694-1722, 1762-1854
Marriages 1694-1719, 1763-1818, 1825-1852,  Burials 1762-1768, 1835-1854
Film Kkd 2
Urr Blotter Parish Registers [884],  Proclamations of Marriages 1855-1856

Film Sct 6

Urr Kirk Session Records [884]Kirk Session Minutes 1806-1847,  Disciplines 1815-1838
Film Kkd 1
Urr Parish Registers [884],  Baptisms 1769-1854,  Marriages 1770-1854
Scandals Done Away. Index to Christenings 1820-1854. Register of Neglected Entries.
Film Kkd 2

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 covers all of Scotland and Overseas as well as the local area and should always be checked. fiche T11-T23
The Commissariot of Dumfries covers the following parishes in Kirkcudbright: - Colvend, Kirkbean, Kirkpatrick-Durham, Kirkpatrick-Irongray, Lochrutton, New Abbey, Terregles and Troqueer.
fiche T6-T7
The Commissariot of Kirkcudbright covers the following parishes in Kirkcudbright: - Anwoth, Balmaclellan, Balmaghie, Borgue, Buittle, Carsphairn, Crosssmichael, Dalry, Girthon, Kells, Kelton, Kirkgunzeon, Kirkmabreck, Parton, Rerrick, Tongland, Twynholm and Urr.
(fiche T34
The Commissariot of Wigtown covers the parish of Minnigraff. fiche T48
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 1846 - 1867
Index to the Inventories of the Personal Estates of Defuncts recorded in the Commissary Court Books of Ayr, Berwick, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Peebles, Roxburgh, Selkirk & Wigtown from 1846-1867, plus an Addenda.

Film Sct 2


Hearth Tax - Account of hearth money collected 1694
Film Sct 20

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