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West  Lothian  (Linlithgowshire)
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.

1851 Census   

1861 Census    

1861  Census Indexes

1881 Census Transcript & Index

1891 Census Index

Burial Registers    

Court Records


Electors Records




Monumental Inscriptions     New

Nonconformist Records  

Occupational Records     

Parish Registers     New

Parish Register Transcripts    

Probate Records & Wills


Indexed Transcription for the whole County of West Lothian

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.
Abercorn (661)
Bathgate (662)
Borrowstounness (Bo'ness) (663)
Carriden (664)
Dalmeny (665)
Ecclesmachan (666)
Kirkliston (667)
Linlithgow (668)
Linlithgow Combination Poorhouses

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 West Lothian ships are listed in the following Registration Districts: - Borrowstouness, Carriden and Queensferry.
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 West Lothian in 6 sets of fiche. 
(Surname Index, Birth Place Index, Census Place Index, As Enumerated, Misc. Notes, Ships, Institutions). 
Also on CD (1881 British Census and Index).

Parishes in the 1891 Census held in the AIGS Library

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

West lothian Burial Registers [Vol 1]
Fauldhouse 1878-1975
Whitburn 1862-1975
Linlithgow 1884-1975
Livingston 1898-1975
Woodbank (Torphichen) 1899-1977
West Lothian Burial Registers  [Vol 2]
Bathgate Glasgow Road 1860-1975
Bathgate Boghead 1936-1975
Mid Calder 1895-1975
East Calder 121-1975
Kirknewton 190-1975
Winchburgh 1906-1975


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 Slaters Directory of Linlithgowshire
fiche Wln 4
1825 Pigot & Co Directory of Scotland
1837 Slaters Directory of Linlithgowshire

fiche Wln 3

1915 Directory of Scotland [Private Residents & Trades]
Part of The Nick Vine Hall Collection.

fiche Sct 419-425


Linlithgow Electors, 1858 [includes voters for 1832, 1837 and 1838]
fiche Wln 1-2
Linlithgowshire Claims for Enrolment in the 1839 Election


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 East, West and Midlothian.
Complete Set of Ordnance Survey Plans for Scotland


Certfied Copy Interlocuter 1866.  Contains land charter papers with petition, 1866-1880.
Armadale is a police burgh in Bathgate Parish, and was declared a registration district of this parish.
Film Sct 26

West Lothian Burial Registers Volume 3
Ecclesmachan 1894-1975, Uphall 1893-1975, West Calder 1867-1975, West Calder Churchyard 1856-1935
Ecclesmachan Strathbrok Church and Cemetery MIs
Kirkliston Church Cemetery MIs [including digital images of headstones]
South Queensferry Old Vennel Churchyard Mls [including digital images of headstones]
Torpichen Kirk and Preceptory MIs
Whitburn South Church MIs
Winchburg MIs


Broxburgh Free Church - Baptisms 1844-1939

Film Sct 33


Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae - Volume 1 [Hew Scott]
A full listing, with biographical details, of ministers who served in the Synod of Lothian & Tweedale from the Reformation to the Twentieth Century and covers the counties of Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

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
Abercorn Parish Register [661]
Births & Baptisms, Dec 1753-1819, Burials, 1645-1755 [excludes May 1661-April 1700];
List of Mortcloth Contributions 1753-1819,  Marriages & Proclaimations, 1646-1819,
Births & Baptisms 1819-1854,  Marriage Proclaimations 1820-1854,
Mortcloth Money 1820-1854
Film Wln 1
Bathgate Parish Register [662] -   Baptisms 1672-1684, 1722-1769
Film Wln 1
Bo’ness & Carriden Pre 1855 Burial Records CD
Langton Parish Register [747] -   Blotter Kirk Session Minutes [partial] 1727-1733
Film Sct 6

Linlithgow Parish Register [668]
Births & Baptisms 1799-1820,  Marriage Proclamations 1687-1719, 1730-1819,
Marriage Proclamations [with sessional matter] 1673-1683,
Marriages 1708-1742,  Burials 1708-1742,
Treasurers Accounts of Marriages and Mortcloth Dues 1652-1699,
Sessional Matters 1676-1680

Film Wln 2

Linlithgow Parish Register [668]
Treasurers Accounts of Marriages and Burials 1785-1825, Births & Baptisms 1820-1854,
Marriage Proclamations 1820-1854, Neglected Entries,1840-1851,
Birth Index 1613-1660, 1656-1688, 1687-1740

Film Wln 3
Livingston  Parish Register [669]  Blotter Parish Register.   C. 1763-1782
Film Sct 6
Uphall Parish Register [672]
Baptisms 1820-1854,  Marriages 1820-1854,  Burials 1820-1854,
Kirk Session Minutes 1718-1735
Film Wln 4
Whitburn Parish Registers [673]
Baptisms 1719-1819, Kirk Session Minutes including Proclamations to Marry,
Burial Fees and Disbursements from the Session covering approximately the dates 1735-1794, 1803-1820,  Baptisms 1820-1855,  Kirk Session Minutes 1819-1820 [as above]
Film Wln 4

Abbreviations used:  B. Burials,  C. Christenings/Baptisms,  D. Deaths,  M. Marriages.
Fauldhouse PR Transcript -   Burial Register 1878-1975
Linlithgow PR Transcript [668] -   Burial Register 1884-1975
Livingston PR Transcript [669] -   Burial Register 1898-1975
Torphichen PR Transcript [671] -   BMD 1673-1714
Whitburn PR Transcript [673] -   Burial Register 1862-1975
Woodbank PR Transcript -   Burial Register 1899-1945

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.

Register of Testaments - Pre 1800
The Commissariot of Dunkeld covers the following Parishes in Linlithgow - Abercorn
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 T10
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
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 Edinburgh, Haddington, and Linlithgow for 1827-1865 and Commissary Court Books of Lanark, Dumbarton, Renfrew, Bute and Argyll for 1846-1865.
Film Sct 4

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Updated 28th May 2012