Kirriemuir’s History - Resources For Researchers


There are many resources available for the study of Kirriemuir's past. Some are held in Kirriemuir Library while many others are housed in Angus Archives at Restenneth Priory.

Genealogy sources

Kirriemuir 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 most of these also.


Various Kirriemuir newspapers are available on microfilm in Kirriemuir Library. The titles held are:

Kirriemuir Free Press 1915 - 1975
1885, 1901-1975 (Except 1903,07, 09, 21, 38)
Microfilm*, Indexed Bound
Volumes 1943-47, 1949, 1956, 1913 - 1975 (Except 1914, 21, 38, 43, 47, 49,56) Require to be rebound
Kirriemuir Herald 1957 - Now Microfilm* Indexed
August 1984-1986 Bound
1987-Now Unbound, in store, boxed
Kirriemuir Observer & Braes of Angus Reporter March 1874 - July 1874 Microfilm* Indexed
Kirriemuir Observer & General Advertiser 1918 - 1949 Microfilm* Indexed
Kirriemuir Observer & Local Advertiser 1884 - March 1885 Microfilm* Indexed

The card index is available and covers from 1884 to the late 1980s

Voters Rolls

Kirriemuir voters for 1855, 1860 - 1894 are contained within Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac Angus and Mearns Supplement which are available in Forfar Library and in Angus Archives.

Valuation Rolls

Kirriemuir entries have been extracted from Valuation Rolls for 1856, 1908-9, 1919-20, 1922-23, 1924-25, 1926-27. Angus Archives holds a larger collection of county and burgh Valuation Rolls.


Kirriemuir Library has a small collection of maps comprising of a photographic reproduction of Ainslie's map of Angus and some Ordnance Survey maps.

Some archival sources held within Angus Archives

Kirriemuir Council records

Kirriemuir become a burgh late in the 19th century and burgh records date from 1898. Kirriemuir has a collection of town council minute books, police commissioner records, Dean of Guild papers, Town Chamberlain abstract of accounts, assessment rolls and valuation rolls.

Angus County Council records

This record series includes education and poor relief records for Kirriemuir.


Few school records have survived for Kirriemuir: surviving records include:

ACC6/58 Webster and Hendrie Educational Endowment, 1899-1937
ACC6/173 Westmuir School, 1865-1875
ACC6/177 Westmuir 1899-1951
ACC6/146 Reform Street School, 1902-1977

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

Kirriemuir Poor Relief general register of the poor, 1838-1931 (indexed)

NB// 20th century poor relief records are subject to the Data Protection Act. Items out with a closure period must be ordered in advance. Please consult archive staff for details.

Burial records

Kirriemuir burial records are now available online at

Other Kirriemuir resources available in Angus Archives including:

ACC6/62/49 Titles and papers regarding superiority of Estate of Glasswell, near Kirriemuir, including lands of Knowhead and ground at Pathhead, acquired by Forfarshire Education Authority from James Cowpar's Trustees in 1926 including a chartulary and particulars of the estate of Glaswell, 1894
MS133 Roup roll for the belongings of the late Alexander Grieve, Meikle Miln, Kirriemuir, 1750
MS257 James McPherson, Kirriemuir, collection of manuscript music by professional musician James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), 1906 - 1916
MS258 J. M. Barrie letters, 1906-1918
MS595 Kirriemuir Anniversary Celebrations Eighty-Five (A.C.E.), 1985
MS620/2/107 Letter from Thomas Ogilvy, Kirriemuir to William Baillie, Montrose, concerning payments of the kirk, 19 June 1787
MS720 Wilkie and Dundas Collection
MS762 Decreet of division of the South Muir of Kirriemuir or Liftie and decreet of expenses of Thomas Duncan, writer in Edinburgh, 1816
MS881/3 Estate plans of Logie and Kinclune
Kirriemuir Kirk Session minute books on microfilm


Surname indexes are available for the following items in the Angus Archives search room:

01:941 People Image Index
01:941 Buildings Index
01:941 Jacobites of Angus, 1745: name index
45:324.241 Registered electors in Kirriemuir, 1855, 1860-1866: name index
45:929.2 List of Barrie's in the Kirriemuir Old Parish records
45:929.3 Kirriemuir United associate Congregation baptismal registers, 1828-147
45:929.3 Kirriemuir register of marriages from the Kirk Session records, 1805-1814
45:929.3 People of Kirriemuir 1600-1699 by David Dobson
45:941 Regality of Kirriemuir name index
45:B/Fyf Droving in the diary: name index
01:929.3 Pre-1855 Gravestones of Angus: Strathmore area

Kirriemuir Photograph Collection

Angus Archives holds a growing collection of images of Kirriemuir people, places and events from the late 19th century to more recently. Photographic images include street views, industry, Provosts, historic buildings, and local characters. Images of Kirriemuir people included in local history publications are also 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 from Angus Archives

Kirriemuir Research Files

Angus Archives maintains a growing collection of files on many aspects of Kirriemuir 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 Kirriemuir resources.

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

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