Electoral Rolls

The Registers of Electors held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives are extremely useful.  They list all those who were registered to vote in any particular year.  They are arranged by Parliamentary constituency and then by polling district.  Some indexes by street are available to identify constituency and polling district, but the registers are not indexed by name.

They survive for the following years:

• Aberdeen City  1946, 1955 - 1966, 1970 - 1974
• Aberdeen County  1918 - 1939; 1945 - 1974
• Banff County  1939, 1950 - 1974
• Kincardine County  1911 - 1912, 1913 - 1914 (supplementary), 1918 – 1934, 1936 - 1939, 1945 - 1947, 1958 - 1973
• Grampian Region  1974 - to date

Two versions of the registers are produced - the amended version of which the current year is usually available in a library and the full version.  The archived registers of electors are the full version and are the property of the Grampian Valuation Joint Board, Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

A fee is charged to those using these records for commercial or business purposes. 

Please note that under the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001:
'any person inspecting the full register may not
a) make copies of any part of it or
b) record any particulars included in it
otherwise than by means of hand-written notes'.
This only applies to records less than 5 years old.

Please note that Aberdeen City parliamentary rolls from 1832 to 1913 are held in our Town House office.

City parliamentary rolls from 1909 are available at

Local Studies
Aberdeen Central Library
Rosemount Viaduct
AB25 1GW
Telephone: 01224 652511
Email: localstudieslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

For further information about historical electoral registers, please read the British Library's Guide to Electoral Registers. While this does focus on records held by them, there is good information about how the registers are constructed, what they contain, and how they can be used.


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