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Explore the historical records of East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Archives collects and preserves the historical records of East Dunbartonshire and its people, covering the towns of Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Milngavie, Westerton, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Torrance, Baldernock and Twechar. 

This unique resource is there for you to use – free of charge.

Everyone’s got a history and we’ve got a bit of yours! Use the archives to trace your family history, uncover the history of your house, enrich a school or college project, or discover your town's past. Visit us or send us an enquiry today.

Search our online catalogue

Why not explore our online catalogue  containing more than 17 thousand descriptions of our archives? With over 500 years of East Dunbartonshire history you never know what you might discover!

What’s in the archives?

We have over 300 archive collections covering councils, schools, businesses, industries, cemeteries, clubs, individuals, families, poor relief, valuation rolls and building plans including:

Parishes - Kirkintilloch, Cadder, Campsie, New Kilpatrick and Baldernock. 

Businesses - Lion Foundry, Star Foundry (Southbank Ironworks), J & J Hay boatbuilders, Flexible Ducting Ltd, Sister Laura’s Infant Food Co Ltd, M&C Switchgear Ltd.

Individuals and families - Robert Macaulay Stevenson artist, James F McEwan transport historian (railway and shipping), Jenny Coutts first female provost of Kirkintilloch, Peter Mackenzie reformer and editor, Gartshore and Woodhall estates, WWI correspondence and photographs.

Clubs and societies - West of Scotland Rugby Club, Girlguiding Dunbartonshire, Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir, Allander Rotary Club, Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries, Milngavie Women’s Guild, Kirkintilloch Junior Choir, Caurnie Angling Club.   

Burial records - Old Aisle Cemetery, Kirkintilloch and New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Bearsden (see our burials research guide).

Schools - Lairdsland, Auchinairn, Craighead, Gartconner, Craigdhu, St Joseph’s, Townhead, Oxgang, Clober, Craigton (see our schools research guide).

Councils - East Dunbartonshire Council, Strathkelvin District Council, Milngavie & Bearsden District Council, Burgh councils, parochial boards.

East Dunbartonshire's War

This project was funded by the Scottish Information & Library Council (SLIC) and ran from 2015-2017. During the project we explored the local stories of the First World War and its effect our communities. We worked with schools to produce an education resource based on our archive and library collections, and held events across East Dunbartonshire to share our discoveries with the wider community.

Discover more:

  • Visit our East Dunbartonshire’s War website to view and download the education resources, documents and photos. 
  • Use our research guide to uncover your own First World War family history, or the stories behind the names on your local war memorial.
  • Search our index to the casualty reports in the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald
  • Visit our East Dunbartonshire’s War Facebook page for photos of past community events and work with schools.

Help and advice

Not sure where to start, or never used archives before? Take a look at our research guides covering our most popular records. If you aren’t able to visit us we can carry out up to 30 minutes basic research for you for free. Contact us for free, friendly advice by email or phone 0141 777 3142.

Appointments and opening hours

Archives relating to Bearsden and Milngavie areas:
Monday 10am to 5pm ( by prior appointment outside these hours)
Bearsden Library
69 Drymen Road
Bearsden G61 3QT
Tel: 0141 777 3021 

Archives relating to all other areas of East Dunbartonshire:

Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, (late night opening on Tuesday until 8pm - booking required)
William Patrick Library
2-4 West High Street
Kirkintilloch G66 1AD
Tel: 0141 777 3142