Angus & Kincardineshire: Court records

Burgh Court records

See the individual burghs and royal burghs on the relevant pages: Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth, Montrose

Commissary Court records

As the Commissary Courts were the successors of the pre-reformation church courts, they were based on the old church dioceses. Their functions were taken over by the Sheriff Courts in the 1820s. The relevant Commissary Courts are:

Additionally, the Commissary Court of Edinburgh (NRS CC8, for 1514-1859) is relevant for all of Angus & Kincardineshire.

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The following are the top-level categories. Below these, there are sub-categories such as CC1/1/...

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Regality Court records

In addition to the regalities based in Angus - Arbroath, Brechin and Kirriemuir - the regalities of Coupar Angus, Lindores and St Andrews are also relevant to the history of Angus & Kincardineshire, up to the abolition of most heritable jurisdictions in 1747. Of these regalities, all except Kirriemuir were ecclesiastical.

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Sheriff Court records

Arbroath Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court
Forfar Sheriff Court
Stonehaven Sheriff Court

Summary of the Records of Forfar Sheriff Court, 1568-1984 [NRS ref. SC47/...]

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Classification of the records

The following are the top-level categories. Below these, there are sub-categories such as SC47/1/...

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. SC47/...
Court, Minute & Act Books1568-18571
Roll Books1769-19742the daily business of the court, with the stage each action had reached
Register of Ordinary Actions ('A' register)1899-19783
Register of Summary Applications ('B' register)1906-19794
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Register of Decrees1711-19787
Register of extract decrees of affiliation and aliment1911-19697A
Decreet Roll Books1788-18088
Register of Sequestrations1839-19519
Register of Sequestrations for Rent1867-196410
Registers of Indorsations1907-196511
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Register of Curatorial Inventories1827-191014inventories of both heritable and moveable property of deceased persons leaving heirs in their minority
Process Borrowing Receipt Books and Inventories1800-189715records of borrowing of processes from the court by law agents
Register of Law Agents1850-196016
Admission of Procurators, Sheriff Officers Etc (Petitions)1829-190717
Caveats1809-192118
Fiars Court records1895-197519
Records of Fatal Accident Inquiries1954-197520
Miscellaneous Court Books1825-196221
Processes - Preservation 1st Series1622-198022
Adoption Processes1930-198023CLOSED
Processes - Limbo1933-198024
Processes - Preservation, 2nd Series1867-193225
Workmen's Compensation: Special Register - Memoranda of Agreement1899-195426
Processes - Limbo1932-194627
Medical Referees' Reports1916-195028
Minute Book of Memoranda of Agreement1933-197829
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Small Debt Court Books1825-197632
Small Debt Court Books (Brechin District)1895-192733
Small Debt Court Books (Kirriemuir District)1830-191334
Small Debt Court Reports of Poindings & Sale1830-184535
Debts Recovery Court Books1868-190836
Debts Recovery Court Book (Brechin District)1868-190737
Debts Recovery Court Book (Kirriemuir District)1868-190438
Summary Removing Court Books1970-197639
Register of Inventories1824-196740digital images can be seen free of charge in person in NRS, or copies (pre-1902) may be purchased at ScotlandsPeople
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Indexes to Register of Inventories1824-195842
Register of Wills1902-198443
Register of Confirmations1824-198444i.e. confirmations of executries
Indexes to Register of Confirmations1831-196545
Minute books of inventories1966-198046
Commissary Minute Books1824-189847
Commissary Court Minute Books1847-196548
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Record of Criminal Trials1829-189750
Criminal and Quasi-criminal Roll Books1905-198051
Indictments - Solemn jury trials1967-198252
Criminal Processes1854-196653
Juvenile Court Register1934-196354
Miscellaneous Criminal Registers1737-182755
Register of Deeds & Protests Etc (First Series)1623-180956
Register of Deeds (Second Series)1809-198057
Minute Books of Deeds1724-194258
Registered Deedsca. 1620-198059
Register of Protests1809-197460
Minute Books of Protests1809-196561
Protests - Warrants1890-196562dates should perhaps be 1809-1965
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Jury Books1839-194966
Commissary Clerks' Commissions1840-185667
Sheriff Clerk's Correspondence1795-194368
Register of Deeds Etc Annual Returns1810-193669
Register of Improvements to Entailed Estates1770-187470
Commissioners of Supply1622-182571
Militia1799-182372
Gas, Harbour & Water Commissioners' Accounts1871-190373
Style Bookca. 172474
Account Book (Barony of Dod)1704-171375
Corn Law Returns1782-181876
Fiars Court Records1780-196677
Register of Game Certificates1798-180678
Miscellaneous Records1908-191279
Summary cause registers of summonses for payment (RSC 1)1976-197880

There is also the following series of Diligence Registers for Forfar Sheriff Court:

Minute Books of the Particular Register of Hornings and Inhibitions, etc., 1599-1872 - NRS ref. DI59/...

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Summary of the Records of Stonehaven Sheriff Court, 1652-1975 [NRS ref. SC5/...]

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Classification of the records

The following are the top-level categories. Below these, there are sub-categories such as SC5/1/...

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. SC5/...
Court and act books (old series)1652-17961
Diet and roll books1743-19712
Motion rolls1832-19153
Minute books of decrees1743-18824
Registers of ordinary actions ('A' registers)1899-19725
Registers of summary applications ('B' registers)1920-19636
Record of extract decrees1719-19677
Processes - preservation, 1st series1671-19708
Processes - limbo1934-19709
Processes - preservation, 2nd series1910-193410
Adoption processes1932-197011CLOSED
Adoption registers1955-197012CLOSED
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Caveat books1835-193514
Mandates to procurators1784-189415
Process borrowing and receipt books1795-193716
Avizandum books1782-185117
Registers of indorsations1839-192418
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Sequestration books1839-196620
Registers of poindings and arrestments1754-191321
Minute books of hornings and inhibitions1661-168522
Registers etc of services, curatories and transumpts17th century-186923
Services of heirs, etc1665-185424
Bonds of caution1681-185825
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Minutes of Fatal Accident Inquiries1917-197028
Records of fatal accident inquries1913-197029
Registers of clubs1904-197130
Club applications1950-197031
Registers1904-194832Sheriff courts had jurisdiction in proceedings under the Workmen's Compensation Act of 1897, etc., concerning compensation by employers to workmen for personal injury.
Medical referees' reports1926-194532A
Memoranda of agreement (warrants etc)1910-195133
Processes - limbo1917-194733A
Minute Book of Memoranda of Agreements1932-196133B
Roll books1825-196934
District roll books1838-188935
Miscellaneous Small Debt Court books1854-193336
Processes1854-187237
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Record of confirmations1824-196740
Record of Inventories, Wills & Confirmations1824-198441digital images can be seen free of charge in person in NRS, or copies (pre-1902) may be purchased at ScotlandsPeople
Minute books of inventories1911-197542
Commissary Court diet books1824-187643
Minute books of bonds of caution1835-190744
Bonds of caution (Commissary proceedings)1824-186245
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Record of proceedings (summary)1698-195348
Processes in summary proceedings1863-191548A
Record of criminal jury trials1822-194849
Minute books of proceedings on criminal complaints1828-183750
Criminal and quasi-criminal roll books1912-197051
Record of criminal jury trials1678-197052
Bail bonds1754-185853
Miscellaneous criminal books and papers1742-185854
Record of proceedings1936-195755
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Registers of deeds, protests etc (old series)1675-176758
Registers of probative writs (old series)1715-180959
Registers of deeds and probative writs (new series)1809-196860
Registers of protests (new series)1809-197061
Minute books of protests1697-196862
Deeds - warrants1656-197063
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Registers of improvements on entailed estates1820-185365
Papers relating to entailed estate improvements1820-184866
Fiars Court records1750-197567
Miscellaneous court administrative papers1708-186568
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Head court, freeholders' and electoral records1710-189270
Oaths of allegiance etc1746-186571
Royal proclamations etc1688-195272
Rogue money accounts1764-183173
Papers relating to roads and bridges1825-187774
Papers relating to James Grant, merchant in Montrose and
factor to Sir James Carnegie of Pitarrow
1686-183375
Miscellaneousca. 1600-194976

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Summary of the Records of Dundee Sheriff Court, 1803-1984 [NRS ref. SC45/...]

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Summary of the Records of Arbroath Sheriff Court, 1827-1984 [NRS ref. SC43/...]

Arbroath Sheriff Court dates from 5 Oct 1887 (for civil actions), but the records include earlier small debt cases of Forfar Sheriff Court relating to Arbroath. Civil cases for Barry and Panbride, including Carnoustie, could be heard at Arbroath from Nov 1889. The commissary and criminal jurisdiction of Arbroath dates from 1975.

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