Brechin’s History - Resources For Researchers


There are many resources available for the study of Brechin’s past. Some are held in Brechin Library while many others are housed in Angus Archives. There are also many other sources available in the National Archives of Scotland, such as Kirk Session records.

Genealogy sources

Brechin Library holds a good range of genealogical sources such as Old Parish Registers and the census (1841-1901) on microfilm plus the International Genealogical Index on microfiche. Angus Archives holds many of these also plus indexes to the 1841, 1851 and 1881 census.


Brechin Advertiser and Angus and Mearns Intelligencer is available on microfilm in Brechin Library from 1848 to 1880. After 1880 it continues as the Brechin Advertiser to the present day. Some earlier Brechin information is contained within the Montrose Review, available from 1811, and which can be used in Montrose Library on microfilm.

Newspapers are an invaluable source of local history - why?


Brechin Library holds a collection of Brechin area maps, mainly Ordnance Survey. Angus Archives holds some Ordnance Survey maps and a bound copy of the 1865 Ordnance Survey one inch to one mile map. This shows the town and parish of Brechin in great detail.

Archival sources held within Angus Archives

Brechin Town Council records

Brechin has a large collection of Town Council records, dating from 1672 to 1975. These records include Town Council minutes, police commissioner records, licensing, housing, charities, legal documents, honorary burgesses, medieval charters etc. The first Brechin Town Council minute book has been transcribed and is available in the reference collection of Angus Archives. A complete list of the records of Brechin Town Council [PDF 36K] is available online.

Angus County Council records


Brechin Burgh Board records are extant from 1897 - 1919, and Brechin Parish School Board from 1873 - 1919.

Records have survived for:

Brechin Damacre Road School (City Road): log book, 1873-1968; admission register 1874-1968.
Brechin Half Time School (Union Street): log book,1883-1903

NB School records are kept in the store and MUST be ordered in advance. They are also subject to the Data Protection Act.

Poor relief records are available for Brechin and are subject to the Data Protection Act. They are kept in the store and MUST be ordered in advance.

Burial records

Burial records are available from

In addition, Angus Archives holds the survey of gravestones in Brechin Cathedral and the Pre-1855 Gravestones of Angus publication

Angus Archives Miscellaneous Collection (MS)

There are many Brechin items in the Miscellaneous collection. The larger collections inc

Other Brechin resources available in Angus Archives


Brechin Photograph Collection

The Archives holds hundreds of images of the town of Brechin and its people, from the late 19th century to more recently. The collection also includes some antiquarian prints. Photographic images include street views, industry, Provosts, historic buildings, and local characters

This collection has not yet been indexed. Images of Brechin people included in local history publications are accessible through the Image Index.

New additions to the photographic collection are always welcome.

Reproductions of copyright free photographs are available. Please request a price list.

Brechin Research Files

The Archives has a growing collection of files on many aspects of Brechin including industry, commerce, personalities, historic buildings, recreation and many other topics. They are an excellent place to commence research.

The Angus Archives team is happy to answer any queries relating to Brechin sources. Contact us on

Please contact the Angus Archives team who will be happy to answer any queries relating to Arbroath sources.

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