Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Genealogy

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Parish #855

This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Anwoth. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.


The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at  Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for Anwoth.  Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about Scotland Census Records.

Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Anwoth as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:

Years Family History Library Film Number Surname Index        
1841 1042833

941.49/A2 X2m 1851

941.49 X22d v. 1

1851 1042551
1861 103841
1871 104006
1881 224054 6086610 ( 2 fiche)
1891 220452

The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on  To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access indexes through the library.



Church Records

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about Scotland Church Records.

Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers

Years Covered Family History Library Film Number
Births: 1727-1854 1067972
Marriages: 1728-1811 1067972
Deaths: 1753-1792 1067972

Condition of Original Registers—

Indexed: For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index on computer at the Family History Library and family history centers.  Some records may be indexed in the
Births: Births are recorded in the same register with marriages. The entries of marriages for each year usually succeed those of the births for the same year. There are no entries June 1760–April 1770, but at that part there are two pages of irregular entries, dated 1761–1834. There are a few entries February 1777–March 1788. After March 1788 the whole record is irregular as to dates.
Marriages: Marriages are recorded in the same register with births, the entries of marriages for each year usually succeeding those of births for the same year. There are no entries February 1761–April 1770 and after October 1776 there are only five entries, dated respectively, 1777, 1798, 1803, 1811 and 1827.
Deaths: There are three entries dated 1763–1760 and a few entries of funeral expenses for 1789–1792.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. Family History Library book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1747–1752, 1770–1836, 1843–1932
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/14.

Nonconformist Church Records

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union Lists.

No known Nonconformist groups. Any members of dissenting churches would have attended in neighboring parishes and towns, such as Gatehouse–on–Fleet.

Cemetery Records

Coutesy of the Kirkcudbrightshire Community with a contact person of Jim Bell:

Civil Registration Records

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.

See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records

Anwoth was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Kirkcudbright until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Kirkcudbright.  Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at  You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Kirkcudbright and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Kirkcudbright.
The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Kirkcudbright.  Look in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Kirkcudbright and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

See also Girthon Parish

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