Glasgow City Archives

​Welcome to the City Archives, where you can enjoy the wonderful documentary heritage of Glasgow and the west of Scotland over eight centuries.

The City’s Archives has many records to help the family historian progress beyond the basics.  They allow you to add vital genealogical information and to connect and identify with your ancestors, as you discover details of their daily lives and times.


These include official records of the various Councils: Glasgow, Strathclyde and the counties of Bute, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.


Other records in the City Archives include:

  • Poor relief records including more than 1 million applications for poor relief for Glasgow and for other areas of west of Scotland, some dating from 1845. 

  • Schools, pupils and teachers records of more than 300 school board or local authority schools, mainly Glasgow, but also some for the county areas.  They date mainly after 1872.

  • Records of police officers who served in one of the forces within Strathclyde from the 1820s to 1985.

  • Valuation rolls recording proprietors and tenants of property, including some 18th-19th century county valuation rolls.  There are also some 19th century annual rolls, and 20th century annual rolls for Glasgow, Argyll, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

  •  Voters’ rolls recording those eligible to vote in Glasgow from 1832, and also 20th century rolls for Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.


Glasgow City Archives is designated as the official repository for both the records of the Church of Scotland (Glasgow Presbytery) including the seceding churches and the Episcopal Church of Scotland (Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway).  In addition the Archives hold records of many other denominations for Glasgow, and for other areas of Scotland.  


Private records for family history include:

  • Merchants and Trades House include 18th-20th century membership records for the Merchants House, Trades House and for all of the individual crafts, e.g. gardeners, masons

  • landed families and estates include rent rolls, leases, and tacks relating to tenants, as well as details of estate workers, many dating from 18th century

  • business records of all kinds from large shipbuilding and engineering works to small shopkeepers, some of which include personnel records

  • law firms and the records of thousands of their clients, including large number of trust books​


We have produced some leaflets that can to help you explore our archives: