Aberdeenshire records

Since local government reorganisation in 1996, the historic documents of Aberdeenshire Council have been administered by Aberdeen City Council. The records include those of the former counties of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff up to 1975 and Grampian Region from 1975 to 1996. From 1996 the holdings include records from the current county of Aberdeenshire.

Please see the Aberdeenshire Archives Leaflet for more information:


The records of these self-governing towns include Town Council minutes, accounts, letters, plans and harbour records, and are a vital source for local history. The burgh records held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives are as follows:

Catalogue Reference Burgh Period
AS/Bahr Burgh of Aberchirder 1890 - 1964


Burgh of Ballater

1890 - 1975

AS/Kban Burgh of Banchory 1844 - 1975


Royal Burgh of Banff

1649 - 1975

AS/Aeln Burgh of Ellon 1873 - 1975

Burgh of Fraserburgh

1801 - 1975
AS/Ahty Burgh of Huntly 1834 - 1975


Burgh of Insch

1819 - 1975

AS/Kber Royal Burgh of Inverbervie 1708 - 1975


Royal Burgh of Inverurie

1793 - 1975
AS/Akin Royal Burgh of Kintore 1747 - 1975
AS/Klrk Burgh of Laurencekirk 1780 - 1975
AS/Bmcd Burgh of MacDuff 1783 - 1975


Burgh of Old Meldrum

1893 - 1975

AS/Aphd Burgh of Peterhead 1807 - 1975
AS/Bpsy Burgh of Portsoy 1889 - 1975
AS/Arhy Burgh of Rosehearty 1811 - 1975
AS/Kstn Burgh of Stonehaven 1617 - 1975


Burgh of Turriff

1858 - 1975

Indexes and transcriptions of Burgh records




    • AS/Kber/2/5/1 Inverbervie Cess Book 1757 - 1765 - Please bear in mind that spellings have been left as the way they were in the original document, so there may be some differences between what was written and what is now the standard spelling.. Abbreviations have been expanded. For information about the different occupations listed, see ScotlandsPeople's Glossary of Occupations




      Post mortems conducted in Peterhead Parish Home:


      The county councils of Aberdeen, Banff and Kincardine, along with their district councils, were established in 1890. They were responsible for discharging many local authority functions up to 1975, including roads, public health, housing, education and planning. Minutes and accounts survive for all the county councils and for some district councils.

      Catalogue Reference County Council
      ASActy Aberdeen County Council
      ASBcty Banff County Council
      ASKcty Kincardine County Council


      From 1845 until the introduction of the welfare state in 1948, responsibility for poor relief was borne by parochial boards, parish councils and county councils. Minutes, applications for relief and registers of poor survive for many parishes, and many have been indexed by the Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society. Please visit our Online Catalogue and Poor Relief pages for further information.

      Please note that these records are subject to the Data Protection Act and that this may place restrictions on the use of material by researchers. Identification will be required to view records under the Data Protection Act.

      Head Teacher's log books and pupil admission registers survive for several hundred north-east schools. These records mostly post-date the Education (Scotland) Act 1872 which made it compulsory for children to attend school, but some records do survive before this. For further information please visit our Online Catalogue.

      Please note that these records are subject to the Data Protection Act and that this may place restrictions on the use of material by researchers. Identification will be required to view records under the Data Protection Act.

      Education in the north-east was administered by parish school boards from 1873 to 1919 and by county council education authorities from 1919 to 1929. The minutes of these bodies are a useful source of information on school buildings and the employment of teachers.

      The minutes and accounts of the Commissioners of Supply document the administration of counties by landowners until the establishment of county councils in 1890. Records survive for the counties of Aberdeen from 1654, Kincardine from 1762 and Banff from 1772. The records also contain the minutes and accounts of the turnpike road trustees and commutation road trustees. These bodies were charged with building and maintaining the north-east's roads from the 1790s to the 1870s.

      Catalogue Reference Commissioners Date
      AS/Acom Aberdeenshire Commissioners of Supply 1653 - 1950
      AS/Bcom Banffshire Commissioners of Supply 1772 - 1930
      AS/Kcom Kincardineshire Commissioners of Supply 1762 - 1930


      See information about Assessed Tax Rolls 1799-1831 .

      Valuation rolls record the address and use of the property, the owner (proprietor) and occupier (tenant) and the value of the property for the purposes of local taxation. Valuation rolls are extremely useful in finding out the whereabouts of people between the census years. See our Valuation Rolls pages for more information.

      The records of a small number of local businesses, churches, voluntary organisations and individuals have been deposited for permanent preservation alongside the official records of Aberdeenshire Council. Details of some of these records can be found in our online catalogue or by emailing us.

      Records for various Episcopalian and Methodist churches in the North East are held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives. See our Church Records pages for more details. 

      Church of Scotland records for Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire are held at the National Records of Scotland.

      Records for Moray, including some school and poor relief records for areas of historic Banffshire, are held by the Moray Council Heritage Centre. For further information contact:

      Local Heritage Service
      Elgin Library
      Cooper Park
      IV30 1HS

      01343 562639

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