About the Archives Service
The Archives (Records Office) holds and preserves the official records of Argyll and Bute Council and also the records of the organisations whose functions the Council inherited.
These organisations include: the Commissioners of Supply, parish councils, burgh councils, schools, school boards, Argyll County Council and Bute County Council.
They tell the story of how Argyll and Bute has developed over the centuries and many contain the stories of individual people who lived here.
Our oldest record is the Rothesay Charter, which dates from 1400.
Our newest records are the reports and agendas used in Council meetings today.
We also provide accommodation for records created by private individuals, estates, solicitors, businesses and clubs located within the area of Argyll and Bute Council. These private records are often held on indefinite loan and remain the property of the person or institute depositing them.
The venue is close, please visit the liveArgyll’s phased re-opening routemap for more information about the services available at the moment: https://liveargyll.co.uk/coronavirus-update/
Please note that during Bank Holidays your local facility opening times may differ – please contact us for more information.
What can you research here?
To help the family history researcher we have created a dedicated Family History section in our searchroom. Here you will find copies of the records that people have found most useful for tracing their ancestors, including monumental inscriptions and lists of men who might be liable for military service. Once you have finished looking at these we may be able to suggest other records that might be of use to you. These include Registers of Electors, Valuation Rolls, poor relief records, school admission registers and estate records.
You can find out about how your local area’s infrastructure has developed over the years. We have records here that will tell you all about Argyll and Bute’s roads, bridges, piers, buildings and estates.
Have you ever wondered who lived in your house in years gone by? You might be able to find out here. If you live in one of the former burghs you might even be able to see the original plans.
Accessing the Archives
Unless your enquiry is very simple (for example whether or not we hold the school admission registers for a particular school) please contact us via email or letter. This will ensure that we can clearly understand the nature of your enquiry and have all the relevant facts to hand. We will be able to tell you whether or not any of the records held here are likely to contain the information you are looking for; if not, we may be able to tell you where any such records are held.
You can visit us in person
We advise that you book a place before you come. We will do our best to accommodate all customers, but we only have a limited number of places available. Please bring photographic proof of identity and proof of address with you, e.g. a utilities bill plus passport, or a photo driving licence.
If you are unable to visit us
We can carry out a limited amount of research on your behalf. Please contact us for details of our current charges for this service. We can also provide copies of some records, depending on copyright constraints.