Parish Records are now available from Graham Maxwell Ancestry

Are these not available on Scotland’s People, and is not an index to most of them available free on the IGI?

The IGI and Scotland's People are mainly based on the OPRs, or Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, which should be all we need for pre-1855 research in Scotland. However, how often do you search and search these but to no avail? The OPRs are excellent, but by no means complete and this can be a real source of frustration. There are, however, some other places we can turn to for births, marriages and deaths before 1855.

Some (but by no means all) Church of Scotland Kirk Sessions include pre-1855 birth, marriage, and death entries in various forms which have not found their way into the OPRs. These Kirk Session records are not at present on Scotland's People, and by and large this information does not appear on the IGI. Therefore, much of these vital sources are inaccessible for many. The Kirk Session records for much of Scotland are kept at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, although some are held in local archives up and down the country.

Additionally, the main Church of Scotland was divided in by large schisms over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, after various disputes on theology and church organisation. There are a substantial number of parish registers kept by these dissenting Presbyterian denominations, which have not been indexed or made widely available so far. We are attempting also to provide indexed transcriptions to these parish registers.

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Indexed transcriptions now available:


Applegarth (Dumfriesshire) Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1694-1719 - £8.99

This book contains baptisms, marriages and burials which are to be found in the Kirk Session records of Applegarth Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The entries in the register are taken from two Kirk Session volumes: Volume 1 contains baptisms and marriages from 1694-1703; as well as four death entries from 1697-1702, and four baptism entries from 1763. Volume 2 contains baptisms from 1703-1719; marriages from 1703-1712; and a few mortcloth records from 1704-1715, as well as nine baptism entries from 1765-1766 and a marriage from 1763.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Applegarth parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, which does not commence until 1749, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

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Applegarth (Dumfriesshire) Parish List 1697 - £5.99

This list is entitled "A list of examinable persons within this parish", and is to be found inserted in the Kirk Session records of Applegarth & Sibbaldbie Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, following the entry for July 25th, 1703. This list has not been dated, but, by comparing the handwriting and a close comparison of the list with the parish register, the list seems likely to have been compiled in the year 1697, certainly between the summer of 1696 and the summer of 1698. The original record is held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The list seems remarkably comprehensive. As in the case of all older Scottish records, married women and widows appear under their maiden surnames. The comparison with parish records which survive for the period suggests that this list may well be a list of all inhabitants aged about 12 years or over. The original writer has placed a short line underneath each household, which enables us to clearly see the households separately, invaluable in distinguishing family groups.

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Bunkle & Preston Baptisms and Marriages 1684-1690 - £6.99

This book contains a transcription of the registers of baptisms and marriages for Bunkle & Preston Parish, Berwickshire, Scotland. The original records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The entries in the register are taken from Volume 3 of the Kirk Session records. The surviving entries in this register are for baptisms and marriages from October 1684 to June 1690. It is clear that earlier leaves from this register have been removed, both from the page numbering, and the remains visible stuck in the binding.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Bunkle and Preston parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, which does not commence until 1704.

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Chirnside Burials 1817-1854 - £8.99

This book contains a transcription of the registers of deaths or burials for Chirnside parish, Berwickshire which are to be found amongst the Kirk Session records for Chirnside parish held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The main register, Volume 7, commences in January 1817, and the last burial entry in this volume is from August 1841. Another burial register is contained in Volume 8, which commences in August 1841, and we have transcribed until the year 1855, when civil registration of deaths commenced in Scotland.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Chirnside parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh (the burials for Chirnside in the Old Parish Register end in 1815), and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

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Eyemouth United Secession Church Baptisms 1841-61 and Marriages 1843-50 - £4.99

This book contains a transcription of baptisms and marriages found amongst the Kirk Session records of the Eyemouth United Secession Church (later Eyemouth United Presbyterian Church), Berwickshire, Scotland, covering the period 1841-1861. The original records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

We have included all the entries from the register that survive. Unfortunately, there are only three marriages recorded, one in 1843 and two in 1850. Unfortunately also, differing from normal Scottish practice, the mother’s maiden name has in most cases not been recorded, and in some cases only the father’s name is to be found. However, the date of birth, as well as that of baptism, is given in almost all of the entries.

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Closeburn (Dumfriesshire) Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1726-1754 - £8.99

This book contains baptisms, marriages and burials which are to be found in the Kirk Session records of Closeburn Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The entries in the register are for baptisms from 1726-1754; marriages from 1726-1742 and 1748-1753; and burials from 1737-1741 and 1748-1753.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Closeburn parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and in the case of the baptisms and marriages it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

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Buccleuch Street (Dumfries) U.P. Church Baptisms 1846-1856 - £5.99

This book contains baptisms found amongst the Kirk Session records of the Buccleuch Street United Presbyterian Church, Dumfries, Scotland, for the period 1846-1856. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

These entries are separate from and supplement the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

We have included all the baptism entries from the beginning of the register until 1856, just following the introduction of civil registration in Scotland in the year 1855.

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Lauder Parish Burial Register 1827-1838 - £7.99

This book contains a transcription of burials that are to be found in the Kirk Session records of Lauder Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

The register is in the form of a little notebook, possibly kept by the gravedigger. The spelling is eccentric to say the least, but we have endeavoured to transcribe the entries exactly as they appear in the register. A detailed note has been kept of the Cavers family, of Lauder, recording deaths from 1785 to 1849, but apart from these entries, the main record runs from June 1827 to November 1838, running to 520 entries in total.

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Tinwald Parish Marriage Register 1832-1854 - £6.99

This book contains a transcription of marriages that are to be found in the Kirk Session records of Tinwald Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

The entries in the register record both marriages that took place in Tinwald parish, as well as entries recording when banns were proclaimed in Tinwald parish church where one or both of the parties to the proposed marriage was a resident in Tinwald parish. The right hand column details (in pounds, shillings and pence) the fees paid by the parties for their proclamation of banns. Many entries record the actual place the marriage ceremony was conducted, traditionally the bride's home.

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Westerkirk Burials 1706-1719, 1768-1854 and Irregular Marriages 1768-1824 - £8.99

This book contains transcriptions of registers of deaths or burials for Westerkirk parish, Dumfriesshire, presented along with a transcription of irregular marriages for which fines were paid and recorded in the parish accounts.

The main register, Volume 7, is from 1805-1854, however an apparent duplicate register, running from 1842-1854 is found in Volume 16 of the Kirk Session records for Glencairn parish, Dumfriesshire. This record is slightly different in some entries, and includes some individuals not in the other record, so it has also been included here in full. From comparing the entries it would also appear that the second register records the date of death rather than the date of burial.

Prior to 1805, we rely on the mortcloth entries found in the accounts of Westerkirk Kirk Session. The mortcloth entries appear in Volume 4, from 1706-1719; and Volume 5, from 1768 onwards. There are a few mortcloth entries recorded in the accounts after the separate burial register was commenced in 1805 – if the entry does not appear in the burial records, we have transcribed it. If there are entries in both registers, and the mortcloth entry adds something, a footnote is added in the transcription of the burial register accordingly. It is important to note that it is not always obvious who the person named in the mortcloth is, as it may be the name of the deceased or the name of the relative or person who paid the funeral expenses. Additionally, some entries we have included are for money expended by the parish to bury or cover the funeral expenses of poor parishioners.

These entries are separate from and supplement the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before. The entries in this transcription are not to be found in any Old Parish Registers as far as we can tell.

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Castleton (Roxburghshire) Parish Register 1707-1710 and Hearth Tax 1695 - £7.99

This book contains baptisms and marriages found amongst the Kirk Session records of Castleton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland, for the period 1707-1710. These Kirk Session records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Register of Castleton parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and are not available on the Scotland's People website, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

The Kirk Session volume that the entries have been taken from does cover the period before 1706 and after 1711, however, a series of baptism and marriage entries are only found in the years 1707-1710. It is likely that separate baptism and marriage registers for the other periods once existed, but have now been lost.

The information found in these few surviving years is invaluable as this is over a generation before the earliest surviving entries found in the Castleton Old Parish Register, so they give a snapshot of a good number of the families in the parish at this much earlier period.

It is also evident from the register of the Kirk Session that other births and marriages have taken place (e.g. proceedings of the Session regarding illegitimate births and irregular marriages). We have also included some of these entries where they are intermingled with the official baptism and banns/marriage entries. Some of these are for several different dates relating to the same event – these have been put together so they can be more easily followed by the reader. In that case the page number given is for the most significant entry, and you may have to look on pages before and after to get the full series of entries transcribed here.

The Hearth Tax list for Castleton Parish has also been included, which was compiled in the year 1695. This comprises a very basic list of heads of households with the number of hearths in their houses, compiled for the purposes of collecting the Hearth Tax, granted by Parliament in 1690 on every hearth in the kingdom. It may prove useful as an early indication as to where families lived in the parish at this time.

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Kelso Relief Church Baptisms 1813-1819 - £6.99

This book contains baptisms found in the volumes of the Kirk Session records of the Relief Church Congregation of Kelso, Roxburghshire, for the period 1813-1819. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

These entries are separate from and supplement the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before. Many entries in this register are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers.

We have included all the baptism entries from the register that survive. A later, or “new” register is referred to on the last page of this register, but its present whereabouts, if it has survived, is unknown.

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Yetholm (Roxburghshire) Burgher (New Light) Parish Register 1824-1855 - £6.99

This book contains baptisms, marriages and deaths found in the volumes of the Kirk Session records of the Burgher (New Light) Congregation of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, for the period 1824-1855. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

These entries are separate from and supplement the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before. Many entries in this register are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers, and there are also a substantial number of entries for births taking place in nearby parts of Northumberland.

The congregation was formed in the year 1818 after a split in the Original Associate (or Burgher, Old Light) congregation at Yetholm. From 1848 onwards this congregation became the Yetholm United Presbyterian Church.

We have included all the baptism and marriage entries from the beginning of the register until 1855, they year of the introduction of civil registration in Scotland . There are only four death entries, relating to the deaths of elders of the congregation, which are on the last page of this transcription.

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Galashiels (Selkirkshire) Parish Register 1666-1718 - £11.99

The entries in the register are taken from three Kirk Session volumes: Volume 1 contains baptisms from 1693-1718. Volume 5 contains baptisms from 1672-1690, plus three entries from 1666-1671, and a single entry from 1729; marriages from 1672-1689; and burials or mortcloth records from 1673-1683. Volume 6 contains one proclamation from 1719. Please bear in mind that it is not always clear whether the individual named in the mortcloth accounts is the deceased or the relative paying the funeral costs.

The vast majority of these entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Galashiels parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, which doe not commence until the year 1714, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

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Galashiels (Selkirkshire) Marriage Register 1845-54 and Relief Church Baptisms 1838-55 - £7.99

This book contains baptisms and marriages found amongst the Kirk Session records of Galashiels Parish, Selkirkshire, Scotland, for the period 1845-1854 and the Kirk Session Records of Galashiels Relief Church (later United Presbyterian Church) 1838-1855. These records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

These entries are not to be found in the Old Parish Registers of Galashiels parish kept by the General Register Office (Scotland) at New Register House in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

We have included all the baptism and marriage entries up to the time of the commencement of civil registration in Scotland in the year 1855.

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Glenkens Free Church Baptisms 1841-1857 - £3.99

This book contains a transcription of the baptisms found amongst the Kirk Session records of the Glenkens Free Church, Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, covering the period 1841-1857. The original records are held by the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

We have included all the entries from the register up to 1857, shortly after the beginning of civil registration in Scotland in 1855. The level of detail is somewhat inconsistent, but the date of birth and occupation of the father, as well as the full names of both parents is given in most entries. This is a very rural area, and therefore we find only sixty baptisms recorded during this period.

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Newton Stewart Relief Church Baptisms 1791-1845 - £6.99

This book contains a transcription of the baptisms found amongst the Kirk Session records of the Newton Strewart Relief Church, Wigtownshire, Scotland, covering the period 1791-1845. The original records are held by the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and it is believed they have not been transcribed or indexed before.

We have included all the baptism entries from the register that survive. The register includes one marriage, in 1807, and death dates are recorded next to the baptisms of a few of the children. Otherwise, no register of banns/marriages or deaths/burials is known to have survived. Until September 1824, the register appears to have been neatly and thoroughly kept. There are many entries after that date, but they have not been entered in order, with many being apparently recorded some years after the births.

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