Licensed Occupations

This is a brief guide to the archives of occupations licensed by the city of Glasgow.

What do I need to know before I start?

Try to find out:

  • name of the person

  • their occupation

  • their address (home and work)

What records can I find in The Mitchell: G​lasgow City Archives?

Glasgow City Archives holds the records of those licensed or registered by the city council to practise a particular trade. Glasgow Corporation was empowered during the nineteenth century to issue these licenses or registrations. These included retailers and moneylenders as well as those who provided public transport. 

 

Title

​Dates

​Reference

​Brokers

​1935 – 1952

​E7/9/1-3

​Chimney Sweeps

​1852 – 1862

1934 – 1952

​B8/17

E7/16/1-3

Domestic Servants, Keepers of​

​1938 – 1952

E7/20/1 

​Drivers of Hackney Carriages

​1939 – 1952

E7/23/1-5

​Fireworks, retailers of

​1930 – 1952

E7/14/1-2

​Metal Refiners

​1914 – 1952 

​E7/19/1

​Moneylenders

​1927 – 1951

​B8/21

​Pawnbrokers

​1844 – 1863

B8/22

​Pedlars under the Act of 1871

​1939 – 1965 

E7/11/1-3

​Porters

​1798, 1847 – 1871

1921 – 1952

B8/18/1-2
E7/10/1

​Porters, City and Harbour

​1834 – 1868

B8/19

​Porters, Harbour

​1834 – 1868

B8/20

 

​Publicans (Ale)

​1779 – 1804; 1815 – 1824

B8/4

​Publicans (Ale and Spirits)

​1824 – 1898

​B8/6 

​Publicans (Applicants)

​1898 – 1968

​ B8/7

​Publicans (Govan Burgh)

​1904 – 1912

​B8/16/1

​Publicans (Partick Burgh)

​1902 – 1912 

​B8/16/2

​Publicans (Pollokshaws Burgh)

​1904 – 1912 

​B8/16/3 

​Publicans (Spirits)

​1818 – 1824 

​B8/5

​Street Traders

​1949 only 

​E7/12/1

​Street Trading

​1949 only 

​E7/13/1

​Window Cleaners 

​1937 – 1952 

​E7/17/1-4

​Window Cleaners 

​1931 – 1953 

​E7/18/1-2

What records can I see online?

The Register of Chimney Sweeps licensed by the Burgh of Glasgow, 1852 – 1862.

 

What other resources will help me find inform​ation?

Books

Municipal Glasgow: Its Evolutions and Enterprises (Glasgow Corporation, 1914). 

 

Websites

Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) Liquor Licensing Registers.