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 Useful Links - Digital Image Sites

In the undernoted sites you can see, in significant quantities, digital versions of Scottish historical records.

Aberdeen Bestiary
The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) is considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The digitised version, offering the display of full-page images and of detailed views of illustrations and other significant features, is complemented by a series of commentaries, and a transcription and translation of the original Latin.

Scottish Emigration Database
This site, created by the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, contains the records of over 21,000 passengers who embarked at Glasgow and Greenock for non-European destinations between 1 January and 30 April 1923, and at other Scottish ports between 1890 and 1960.

Scotlands Family
A portal with an invaluable directory of websites, in Scotland and abroad, which offer free online sources of information, such as digital images of records, databases, indexes and lists.

ScotlandsPeople is the official online source of parish register, civil registration, census records, wills and testaments as well as valuation rolls for Scotland.


A partnership between the National Records of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, providing access to local history sources, such as maps and plans, archaeological surveys, tax rolls and other records.

Scotland on Film
A huge archive of film and radio clips covering all aspects of life in Twentieth Century Scotland and a forum where Scots (wherever they are in the world) can email in their stories and recollections of life in Scotland.

Stair Society
The Stair Society was founded in 1934 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of Scots Law by the publication of original documents and by the reprinting and editing of works of sufficient rarity or importance. This SCAN-hosted website includes digital images of two volumes of early Scottish Parliamentary material which are held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The 13th century Berne MS (PA5/1) and the 14th century Ayr Manuscript (reference PA5/2) are two of the earliest surviving manuscripts of the laws of Scotland.

Statistical Accounts of Scotland Online
The two Statistical Accounts made accessible free across the web. A fantastic resource for anyone in interested in Scottish local history.

The Clydebank Story
As told by local historians and illustrated with hundreds of images from Clydebank Library and other collections.

The Glasgow Story
A website combining over 15,000 images of records from Glasgow's archives and libraries with 500 themed stories on the history of the city of Glasgow.

Unlocking the Medicine Chest
Accessing Medical Records at the University of Dundee Archive Services. A site which allows online research into the records of Tayside Health Board, Dundee Dental Hospital, asylums, hospitals, boards of management, colleges of nursing in the Tayside area, and other medical collections relating to medical organisations and individuals held by the University of Dundee Archives.

Capital Collections
Free online access to rare and unique materials held by Edinburgh City Libriaries in a variety of media depicting the cultural heritage of Edinburgh and Scotland.

Virtual Mitchell

An online database of photographs of the Glasgow area from Glasgow City Archives and the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Deceased Online
The first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland - a unique resource for family history researchers and professional genealogists.  

Edinburgh Dean of Guild Court
An online catalogue listing Edinburgh Dean of Guild Court records.