Local Studies

Family History    Books    Newspapers and Periodicals

The Local Studies department is responsible for lots of interesting information about Argyll and Bute.

Each branch library holds a small Local Collection specific to its area, but the bulk of the material, including books, pamphlets, maps and postcards, is held at

Library Headquarters
Highland Avenue
Sandbank
Dunoon
PA23 8PB

Tel: 01369 708663 (Eleanor McKay, Information and Local Studies Librarian) or main switchboard - 01369 708664

Fax: 01369 705797

Usual opening hours - Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 16:00

Members of the public wishing to carry out research are welcome to visit Library Headquarters, but it is advisable to telephone in advance to ensure that staff are available.

The Local Studies department will be closed on the following days:

Friday 14th April to Monday 17th April - closed for Easter weekend. Reopens on Tuesday 18th April 2017

Tuesday 25th April 2017 (morning only) - closed for staff training. Reopens at 2.00pm

Monday 1st May 2017 - closed for May Day Holiday.Reopens on Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Argyll and Bute Library Service is a partner in Highland Council's Am Baile project.

Family History

We are not able to undertake genealogical research on behalf of family historians, but the following sources are available for consultation:

Microfilm of Old Parish Records up to 1854 and Census records (1841-1901) for Argyll - available at Campbeltown, Dunoon and Oban libraries.

Microfilm of Old Parish Records up to 1854 and Census records (1841-1901) for Bute - available at Rothesay library.

Microfiche of Births, Marriages and Deaths for Argyll (1855-1899) at Library Headquarters

Some Monumental Inscriptions

Published family histories

Published clan histories

Statistical Accounts of Scotland (1st, 2nd and 3rd)

Helensburgh directories  (1880-1950) - available at Helensburgh Library 

The council's registration service can help you search Scotlands People system. This allows images of all the original birth, death and marriage records for the whole of Scotland to be made available for searching and viewing by local researchers.

Books

Book of Islay

The Local Collection comprises a range of published and unpublished sources from early printed works to the latest publications and covers a wide array of topics relevant to the local area.

As well as information about specific places in Argyll and Bute, there are books on the following subjects -

Parish and Local Histories, Biographies, Maritime History, Family History, Clan Histories, Military History, Gaelic Culture, Literature, Folklore, Architecture, Archaeology, Religion, Agriculture, Fishing, Wildlife.

To view the full range of stock available, you can access the library catalogue online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

Newspaper

A number of local newspapers are held at branch libraries.

We hold copies of various local newspapers (mostly on microfilm) at the following branches:

CAMPBELTOWN

Argyllshire Herald                      (1855 - 1860)

Campbeltown Courier                (1875 - 1879, 1893 - 1950, 1951 - 1985, 1986 - present)

Campbeltown Journal                (1851 - 1855)

DUNOON

Dunoon Advertiser                    (1903 - 1926)

Dunoon Herald                          (1876 - 1949)

Dunoon Observer/Arg. Stand.    (1895 - 1950, 1986 - present)                             

Dunoon Observer/Cowal Watch. (1886 - 1894)

Dunoon Telegraph                     (1889 - 1890)

HELENSBURGH

Helensburgh Advertiser              (1957 - present)

Helensburgh & Gareloch Times  (1880 - 1898, 1901 - 1980)

Helensburgh News                     (1876, 1878, 1886, 1888 - 1927)

Helensburgh News/Courier         (1935 - 1937)

LOCHGILPHEAD

Argyllshire Advertiser                 (1887 - 1950, 1986 - present)

OBAN

Oban Express               (1888 - 1904)

Oban Times                  (1932 - present)

Oban Visitors’ Register              (1889 - 1898)

Oban Weekly News                   (1906 - 1908)

ROTHESAY

Buteman                                   (1855 - 1878, 1890 - 1950, 1986 - present)

Rothesay Chronicle                   (1863 - 1874, 1878, 1888 - 1913)                        

Rothesay Journal                      (1852 - 1853)

LIBRARY HQ

Argyllshire Leader                      (1929 - 1934)

Celtic Monthly               (1892 - 1916)

Celtic Review                (1908 - 1915)

Ileach                            (1995 - present)

People’s Journal                       (1905 - 1950)

Scots Magazine                        (1739 - 1825)    

Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness (from 1871)

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (from 1878)