Angus (or Forfarshire), Scotland Genealogy

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Guide to Angus ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.



Angus (formerly Forfarshire until 1928) is a maritime county in the east of Scotland. It is bounded on the north by the counties of Aberdeen and Kincardine, on the east by the German Ocean, on the south by the Firth of Tay, and on the west by Perthshire.  It is about 38 1/2 miles in length and 37 1/2 miles in extreme breadth, comprising an area of 840 square miles or 537,600 acres.  The county or area was anciently called Angus after the brother of King Kenneth II to whom it was granted by the king after his victory over the Picts.  It was later called Forfarshire after the county town of Forfar. [Apparently the name changed back to Angus in 1950.]

The county is comprised of fifty-five parishes and two civil districts of Forfar and Dundee.  The royal burghs are Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose, and Brechin.  The market-towns are Kirriemuir and Glammis, and there are several smaller towns and villages.

(Source:  Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 2nd ed., 1851.  FHL book 941 E5L.)

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Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole. The Family History Library has county-wide census placename indexes for Angus (or Forfarshire) for 1881.  Click here for other census indexes available at the library.

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Some of the Angus (or Forfarshire) parish records are indexed in Angus (or Forfarshire), Scotland, Extracted Parish Records.

This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Angus (or Forfarshire) in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.

Here is a list of the historic parishes of the county of Angus (or Forfarshire) with their parish numbers. Click on the parish name to see information about records. Click on the link for an outline map of the parishes of Angus.

Parish No.   Parish No.
Aberlemno 269   Kirkden 298
Airlie 270   Kirriemuir 299
Arbirlot 271   Lethnott and Navar 300 
Arbroath 272   Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie  301 
Auchterhouse 273   Lintrathen 302 
Barry & Carnoustie 274   Lochlee 303
Benvie -- see Liff 301   Logie-Pert 304
Brechin 275   Lunan 305
Carmyllie 276   Lundie and Fowlis 306
Careston 277   Mains and Strathmartine 307
Cortachy & Clova 278   Maryton 308
Coupar-Angus 279   Menmuir 309
Craig 280   Methy -- see Inverarity 292 
Dun 281   Monifieth 310
Dundee 282   Monikie 311
Dunnichen 283   Montrose 312
Eassie and Nevay 284   Murroes 313 
Edzell 285   Navar -- see Lethnott 300
Farnell 286   Nevay -- see Eassie 284 
Fearn 287   Newtyle 314
Forfar 288   Oathlaw 315
Fowlis -- see Lundie 306   Panbride 316
Glammis 289   Rescobie 317 
Glenisla 290   Ruthven  318
Guthrie 291   St. Vigeans  319
Inchbrayock -- see Craig 280   Stracathro 320 
Inverarity & Methy 292   Strathmartine -- see Mains 307
Inverkeilor 293   Tannadice 321
Invergowrie -- see Liff 301   Tealing 322
Kettins 294
Kingoldrum 295 
Kinnell 296 
Kinnettles 297



Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland:

PO Directories Online:

The above directories includes the following areas:

  • Montrose
  • Forfar
  • Brechin
  • Arbroath
  • Kirriemuir 



There were 5 workhouses in this county:

A description with drawings and photos of them today along with databases of those living there from the 1881 Census are provided on the links above located on the site entitled "The Workhouse: The Story of an Institution" which is owned and operated by Peter Higginbotham.


In every county in Scotland there are one or more family history societies made up of members with genealogical interests in their areas. A coordinating organization for many societies is the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS). The society publishes the SAFHS Bulletin, which contains news and updates on its member societies. For information about this organization and its member societies, contact or visit their website at:

Tay Valley Family History Society
179 - 181 Princes Street
Scotland, UK

Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace