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Catalogue of Fiche, Film and CD

Note that the spelling of place names may have changed over the years so remember to check all variations.
 Updates highlighted in Red



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 Stirling, Renfrew and Dunbarton.
Plan of the Town of Greenock [from the actual survey 1825 Wood, John]
A Full Colour Map of the County of Renfrewshire published in 1818 is included on the Poll & Hearth Tax CD.
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Royal Scots Fusiliers (1st Foot) Militia Attestation 1887-1914
Majority of the men from Ayrshire Lanark, Wigtownshire and Renfrewshire.
insert CD 1110


Kilbarchan Cemetery MIs [WS 13]
insert CD 2082
Kilmacolm Cemetery MIs [WS 13]
insert CD 2080
Newton Mearns Churchyard, Mearns 1811-1955
Film Sct 1
Paisley, New Street Church 1721-1883
Film Sct 1


Mearns Associate Session Church -   Baptisms 1742-1745, 1803-1840
Film Sct 29
Paisley Canal Street Relief Church -   Deaths 1853-1855
Film Sct 29

Associate Congretation Church Paisley & Grennock
Baptisms 1756-1855,
Burials 1836-1871, (1860-1871 has Lair Nos. Listed).

Film Sct 33


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]


Faculty of Advocates, Scotland 1532-1943
Transcript found on Scotland General CD


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).



Abbey and Paisley Kirk Session Records
Marriages 1851-1860
Baptisms & births 1850-1854, 1788-1825, 1738, 1817-1831
Births 1831-1836
Proclamations of marriages 1836-1842
LDS Film 889472
Abbey and Paisley Kirk Session Records
Proclamations for marriages 1845-1847
Births 1845-1847
Paisley marriages baptisms & births 1849-1851
Abbey & Paisley Proclamations for 1855-1888 & 1859-1922
LDS Film 889473
Abbey and Paisley Parish Index
Taken from LDS Films 1041087-1041091,0102048-0102049, 0889472-0889473
Births and christenings A thru Z 1676-1854 (12 fiches)
Marriages A thru Z 1670-1855 (7 fiches)
LDS Fiche 6901524
LDS Fiche 6901525
Eastwood Parish Church [562]   Baptisms 1758
Film Sct 29
Eaglesham Parish Church [561]  Baptisms 1756-1757
Film Sct 29
Kilbarchan, a Parish History
Mearns Parish Register [Kirk Session] [571] Baptisms 1727-1730
Kirk Session 1727-1731, Baptisms 1731,
Kirk Session 1831, Marriage Proclamation 1727-1730,
Baptisms 1826-1839, Marriage Proclamations 1840-1841,
Baptisms 1840-1842, Marriages 1842-1843
Film Sct 36
Neilston Parish Church [572]  Baptisms 1757-1759
Film Sct 20
Paisley Parish Register [559]
Marriages 1708-1819,  Mortcloth Dues [Burials] 1759-1819, 
Births & Baptisms 1820-1831
Film Rfw 2

Port Glasgow Parish Register [574] 
Marriages 1764-1819,  Baptisms 1820-1855,  Marriages 1820-1854

Film Rfw 3

Renfrew Parish Register [575]
Baptisms & Marriages 1673-1828,
Kirk Session Minutes & Accounts 1732-1828 contains irregular marriages,
confession of transgression, distributions to the poor, treasurer accounts,
some burials incident to the minutes, Church treasury accounts, v 3, 1732-1779.
Film Rfw 1
Renfrew Parish Register [575]. Christenings 1819-1854,  Marriages 1819-1854,
Register of Neglected Entries
Film Sct 31

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 Glasgow covers the whole of the County of Renfrew except for the parish of Renfrew
and part of the parish of Cathcart.
The Commissariot of Hamilton & Campsie covers the following parishes in Renfrew: - Renfrew.
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 T24-T29

fiche T30
fiche T11-T23
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
The two CD’s are indispensable to the genealogist as they record from 1544 to1859 an authentic history of inheritance of the greater part of the landed property in Scotland and the descent of most of the leading families.
insert CD 130
insert CD 131
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
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.
Film Sct 4


Renfrew County Poll Tax for 1696
insert CD 293
Renfrew County Hearth Tax for 1691
insert CD 293

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