Merchant Records

Port<>Years<>Archive code

Aberdeen<>1824-1927<>ABD
Alloa<>1786-1790,1794-1799,1831-1894<>CRA
Anstruther<>1824-1852<>NAS
Arbroath<>1844-1987<>DDC
Ardrossan<>1859-1922<>CEM
Ayr<>1835-1891<>MIT
Banff<>1801-1924<>NAS
Bo'ness<>1855-1984<>CRA and NAS
Burntisland<>1905-1960<>NAS
Campbeltown<>1763-1780,1820-1855<>MIT
Dumfries<>1824-1904<>MIT
Dunbar<>1814-?<>Nothing held in Scotland, see office copies at PRO,Kew
Dundee<>1824-1931<>DDC and NAS
Fort William<>1824-1827<>HRA
Fraserburgh<>1869-1946<>NAS
Glasgow<>1808-1890<>MIT
Grangemouth<>1857-1946<>NAS
Granton<>1866-1928<>NAS
Greenock,1786-1812,1817-1918<>CEM
Inverness<>1811-1881<>HRA
Irvine<>1824-1947<>CEM
Isle Martin<>1789-1812<>HRA
Kirkcaldy<>1824-1988<>NAS
Kirkcudbright<>1824-1841<>CEM
Kirkwall<>1844-1904<>OIC
Leith<>1826-1831,1847-1949<>NAS
Lerwick<>1837-1909<>SIC
Methil<>1905-1975<>NAS
Montrose<>1824-1911<>DDC and NAS
Oban<>1825-1827<>CEM
Perth<>1824-1884<>PER
Peterhead<>1845-1908<>NAS
Port Glasgow<>1786-1910<>CEM
Portpatrick<>1814-?<>Nothing held in Scotland, see office copies at PRO,Kew
Prestonpans<>1814-?<>Nothing held in Scotland, see office copies at PRO,Kew
Rothesay<>1811-1827<>CEM
Stornoway<>1800-1912<>STO
Stranraer<>1824-1908<>CEM
Thurso<>1814-?<>Nothing held in Scotland, see office copies at PRO,Kew
Tobermory<>1811-1827<>CEM
Troon<>1860-1904<>CEM
Wick<>1877-1939<>NRA
Wigtown<>1824-1920<>CEM

PER - Perth & Kinloss District Council, Bell Library, Perth
MIT - Glasgow City Archive, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
SIC - Shetland Archive, Lerwick
OIC - Orkney County Library, Kirkwall
DDC - Dundee District Council, City Chambers, Dundee
CRA - Central Region Archive, Stirling
CEM - H M Customs & Excise, Customs House Quay, Greenock
HRA - Highland Regional Archive, Inverness
NRA - North Highland Archive, Wick
ABD - Aberdeen City Archive, Union Street, Aberdeen
STO - H M Customs & Excise, Stornoway
NAS - National Archive of Scotland, Edinburgh
PRO - Public Record Office, Kew holds office copies from 1814 and can therefore fill in gaps where the Scottish records have been lost.

Scottish Fishing Boat Registers

Aberdeen (A nn) See ABD and NAS ref AF18
Alloa (AA nn) Unable to locate
Arbroath (AH nn) See DDC
Ardrossan (AD nn) See CEM
Ardrishaig (AG nn) See NAS ref AF22/34
Anstruther/Pittenweem (AR nn, later KY nn) See NAS ref CE63/11, plus ref AF19
Ayr (AR nn) See NAS AF20/30 although marked as 1869-1900 Greenock.
Ballantrae (BA nn) See NAS ref AF20/5
Banff (BF nn) See NAS ref CE64/11 plus some early Buckie records which contain some original BF nn numbers
Berwick (includes Eyemouth) (BK nn) See English port list plus NAS ref AF23/172 for a list of boats operating at Eyemouth in 1959
Bo'ness (BO nn) See CRA
Broadford (BRD nn) See NAS ref AF27 which may also include Mallaig. Possible Mallaig Fishing Boat Registers (BRD nn) held in the attic at the Fisheries OIffice in Mallaig.
Buckie (BCK nn) See NAS ref CE89/11. Possibly additional records at the Moray District Record Office, Forres.
Burntisland (BU nn) See NAS ref CE96/11
Campbeltown (CN nn) See NAS ref AF22
Castlebay (CY nn) See STO
Dumfries (DS nn) Unable to locate
Dundee (DE nn) See DDC
Fraserburgh (FR nn) See NAS ref CE66/1. The NAS ref AF24/40 has at the back a list of Fishing Boat Certificates examined in 1879-1882.
Glasgow (GW nn) Unable to locate
Grangemouth (GH nn) See CRA
Granton (GN nn) See NAS ref CE106/11
Greenock (GK nn) See CEM, plus NAS ref AF20 and AF22 which covers a large area, AF22 is for Inverary but still carries GK codes
Inverness (INS nn) See HRA but see Ullapool Loch Broom District which also covers INS and Fort William District held at Oban Fisheries Office
Irvine (IE nn) Unable to locate
Kirkcaldy (KY nn) See NAS ref CE63/11
Kirkwall (KL nn, later K nn) See OIC
Leith (LH nn) See NAS ref AF28
Lerwick (LK nn) See SIC, plus NAS ref AF29
Methil (ML nn) See NAS ref CE88/11
Montrose (ME nn) See NAS ref CE53/11
Oban (OB nn) Held at Fisheries Office, Oban
Peterhead (PD nn) See NAS ref CE65/11
Perth (PEH nn) See PER
Port Glasgow (PGW nn) See CEM
Rothesay (RO nn) See NAS ref AF7 and AF22
Stornoway (SY nn) See STO plus additional held at the Fisheries Office, Stornoway
Stranraer (SR nn) See NAS ref AF20/5 which includes some SR registrations
St Margarets Hope (SMH nn) Unable to locate
Tarbert (TT nn) See NAS ref AF22 which includes some TT registrations
Troon (TN nn) See CEM
Ullapool (UL nn) See NAS ref AF35, subsections 61 and 66 covers Loch Broom and Ullapool
Wick (Wick/Lybster/Helmsdale Districts) (WK nn) See NRA
Wigtown (WN nn) Unable to locate