As part of my certificate in Family and Local History being run by Dundee University Archives we’ve been looking at the financial records of Scottish burghs and specifically at some records created by the burgh of Dumfries.
Because of this I’ve now discovered that Dumfries & Galloway Archives have some very useful online resources.
Contact details and a summary of their holdings are at http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2300
They’ve also put their catalogue online at http://archives.dumgal.gov.uk:8814/ Even without seeing the documents, it’s amazing what you can find just by playing with the catalogue:
Warrant to Arrest Elizabeth Gordon for Alledgedly Keeping a Disorderly House
Date: 5 Jun 1735
Scope & Content: Mittimus [ie warrant for the arrest and imprisonment] of Elizabeth Gordon, accused of keeping “a lewd & disorderly house by entertaining soldiers and young women”, contrary to public morality, with depositions relating thereto [RB2/2/162 CB821/5/7/]
– was she one of yours?
Instructions for the Commissioners of the Sheriffdom of Dumfries Against the Passage of the Act of Union with England, Signed by 32 Freeholders
Date: 29 Oct 1706
Scope & Content: Printed Instructions for the Commissioners of the Sheriffdom of Dumfries against the passage of the Act of Union with England, signed by 31 freeholders of the County viz: William Fergusson of Caitloch , Robert Murray of Dumcrief, John Creichton of Crawfurstoun [Crawfordton], Alexander McGahen of Dalwhat , James Kirk of Bogrie, John Maxwell of Steilston, William Johnston of Granton, Mr John Cunningham of Birkshaw, John Corsan of Meikleknox, James Carlile of Breakwhat, James Rorison of Calside, James Douglas of Dornock younger, Francis Maxwell of Tinwald, Andrew Johnston of Newton, David French of Frenchland, Mr John Henderson of Broadholm, Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick of Closeburn, Sir John Jardine of Applegirth, Sir Walter Laurie of Maxwellton, Robert Johnston of Wamphray, George [Millar] of Dalswinton, Walter Riddel of Glenriddel, Alexander Fergusson of Craigdarroch, Robert Brown of Ingliston, Char[les] – of Cowhill, William Hairstains of Craigs, John ..Bedieknowe, James Ferguson of Fourmerkland, William Grierson of Lag, George Johnston of Girthhead and Mr Ar[ni]ston, portioner of Moffat [RG2/6/17]
If your ancestor was listed there, you now have some idea of his feelings about the proposed Act of Union.
Unfortunately, although I’ve got ancestors from Dumfriesshire, none of them could be classed as one of the “great and good”.
Even better, the Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway have produced a series of indexes to some of the records:
- 1851 census for Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire
- Dumfries Kirk Session
- Troqueer Kirk Session
- Mouswald Kirk Session
- Dumfries Jail
- Dumfries Town Chamberlain’s Accounts
- Dumfries Dean of Guild Plans
- Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Stranraer & Wigtown shipping registers
- Dumfries Poor Board Minutes
You can search all these indexes free of charge at http://www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes/default.aspx
I’m away to play with the Jail and Poor Board indexes – that’s where I’m most likely to find my ancestors!