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Kirriemuir Library - Genealogy Resources

General Information

Kirriemuir Library holds a collection of books and ephemera highlighting all aspects of Kirriemuir past and present. Many other areas of Angus are also represented. There is a microfilm viewer, microfiche reader and a photocopier for public use.

Old Parish Registers (OPR’s)

Each library holds the OPR’s for its immediate area.

An Angus wide collection of OPR microfilms can be found in Angus Archives.


Each library holds the census for its immediate area.

An Angus wide collection of census on microfilm can be found in Angus Archives.

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The IGI for Scotland is available in all full time libraries.


Kirriemuir Free Press 1915 - 1975
1885, 1901-1975 (Except 1903,07, 09, 21, 38)
Microfilm*, Indexed
Volumes 1943-47, 1949, 1956, 1913 - 1975 (Except 1914, 21, 38, 43, 47, 49,56) Require to be rebound
Kirriemuir Herald 1957 - Now
August 1984-1986
Microfilm* Indexed
Unbound, in store, boxed
Kirriemuir Observer & Braes of Angus Reporter March 1874 - July 1874 Microfilm* Indexed
Kirriemuir Observer & General Advertiser 1918 - 1949 Microfilm* Indexed
Kirriemuir Observer & Local Advertiser 1884 - March 1885 Microfilm* Indexed

The card index covers from 1884 to the late 1980s and is split between Forfar and Kirriemuir libraries, with Kirriemuir holding only cards beginning with the name Kirriemuir.

Voters Rolls

Kirriemuir voters for 1855, 1860 - 1894 are contained within Oliver and Boyd’s Edinburgh Almanac Angus and Mearns Supplement which is available in Forfar Library.

Valuation Rolls

Kirriemuir entries have been extracted from Valuation Rolls for 1856, 1908-9, 1919-20, 1922-23, 1924-25, 1926-27.


Pigot’s Directory of Forfarshire, 1825 - businesses only.


Kirriemuir Library has a small collection of maps comprising of a photographic reproduction of Ainslie’s map of Angus and some Ordnance Survey maps.


The personal names of Kirriemuir inhabitants have been extracted from the following:

Philip’s Record of the Church in Kirriemuir from 1560

1750 - Roup roll of Meikle Miln

1773-1923 - United Free Church

1825 - Pigot’s Directory of Forfarshire

1856 - Valuation Roll

1872 - Account books of John Alexander, spirit-dealer

1880-1930 - YMCA membership lists

1896 - Thrums and its Glens

1900’s - Burgh Guide

1907 - Regality of Kirriemuir

1914 - Valuation Roll

1930’s - Thrum’s Guide Book

Index of Gravestones

Special Collections

Kirriemuir holds a collection of materials on J. M. Barrie and his work.

Available is a list of indexes, transcripts and holdings of manuscript and burgh material held by Angus Archives at the Angus Archives.Kirriemuir.


Gavin Hunter
Kirriemuir Library
28/30 Reform Street

01575 572357

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