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Historical Indexes

For several years, the Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway have been working closely with the Archivist to transcribe, index and explain each of the nine kinds of historical record listed below which are amongst the many collections held in Dumfries and Galloway Archives:

  1. The 1851 Census Returns for Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire
  2. Dumfries Kirk Session and Presbytery Minutes 1689 - 1838
  3. Troqueer Kirk Session Minutes 1698 - 1771
  4. Mouswald Kirk Session 1640 to 1659
  5. Dumfries Jail Books and Bail Bond Registers 1714-1810
  6. Dumfries Town Chamberlains' Accounts 1793-1801
  7. Dumfries Dean of Guild Plans 1892-1974
  8. The Shipping Registers for Dumfries 1824-1904, Kirkcudbright 1824-1841, Stranraer 1824-1908 and Wigtown 1836-1908
  9. Dumfries Poor Board Minutes

The "Indexes" that have been created in this project open up the contents of these diverse kinds of archives for research of all kinds or just to give a picture - by turns vivid, funny and pathetic - of life in Dumfries and Galloway in centuries past. Click on any title to obtain access to the data within it. Please feel free to explore them.

The work is still under way so these "indexes" will be replaced by fuller ones as the project continues.

Please let us know of any discrepancies or errors you identify in this material by e-mailing the Archive Centre at

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