A study of the earliest Gillespies in Scotland is found in a link to the NEWSLETTERS on the top menu bar.

As of January 1st, 2018 records loaded so far on this website for Scotland indicate the following earliest dates for counties in the chart below. These dates may change and updates are planned.

Actual records on the Internet seem to be non existent prior to 1600, even though published volumes giving earlier dates may be found. There are records on vellum or parchment maintained in Special Collections but with severely restricted access because they are so fragile.  Paper records are disintegrating at an alarming rate for the genealogist, just as tombstones inscriptions are being erased by the winds of time.

This Library seeks records to preserve Gillespie history, and to study the migration of Scottish people across their own country and the world.

Scotland Earliest Gillespie Records
Orkney 1857
Inverness 1851
Sutherland 1844
Clackmanan 1775
Moray 1770
Lanark 1769
Argyll 1751
Edinburg 1751
Bute 1739
Isle of Islay 1730
Wigtown 1729
Perth 1724
Berwick 1720
Renfrew 1713
Angus 1701
Kirkcudbright 1698
Kincardine 1689
Dumfries 1672
Dunbarton 1663
Roxborugh 1662
West Lothian 1656
Midlothian 1654
Aberdeen 1651
Fifeshire 1651
East Lothian 1646
Glasgow 1646
Ayr 1640


Banff 0
Caithness 0
Nairn 0
Peebles 0
Ross & Cromarty 0
Selkirk 0

A zero number simply means no records have yet been added for that area.


Click on ‘green coloured words to find records


Births        Marriages        Deaths

Aberdeen Family Histories

Aberdeen Parish Map (shows location of events in yellow)

ANGUS                 Births        Marriages         Deaths

 Angus Parish Map


Argyll Vital Statistics:       Births          Marriages             Deaths

MAP of Islay Parishes                      MAP Islay Overview

Isle of Islay:    Births/Baptisms          Marriages             Deaths

Passenger Lists        Tenants              Researchers   

Isle of Islay:     Travel Tips

Note: There are more Scottish Gillespies in Ontario, Canada from the Isle of Islay, than any other Scottish location of origin. Most of them arrived during the 1830s, lessening after 1851.  Islay Immigrants to Ontario

Books: Sketches of Islay by William MacDonald, MD;  Islay, Biography of An Island, by Margaret Storrie


AYRSHIRE                     Births         Marriages       Deaths

         Ayr Parish Map




BERWICK             Births         Marriages       Deaths

                                     Berwick Parish Map


BUTE                      Births  



CLACKMANNAN      Births        Marriages      Deaths


DUMFRIES           Births         Marriages       Deaths

                                    Dumfries Parish Map


DUNBARTON       Births        Marriages        Death


EAST LOTHIAN    Births        Marriages        Deaths

Edinburgh – see MIDLOTHIAN

FIFESHIRE              Births        Marriages          Deaths


INVERNESS          Births         Marriages                                   Deaths


KINCARDINE        Births        Marriages        Deaths


KIRKCUDBRIGHT  Births      Marriages        Deaths


LANARK                 Births      Marriages         Deaths

Biography of Robert Gillespie, Merchant to Canada

City of Glasgow      Births     Marriages         Deaths

                           1841 Glasgow Police Return:

  • Mrs C Gillespie born Scotland, age 60, 26 years in city, 16 Gibson Street, widow, 2 children born, weekly earnings 1.0, Parish relief 1.0, meals 1, Dwelling 14’X 10′  In bad health and has no work
  • Mrs G Gillespie, born Ireland, age 65, 45 years in city, 109 Old Wynd, widow, monthly parish relief 4.6.temp parish relief 1.0, 1 meal. 12′ x 10′ dwelling size. No bed clothes and in ill health.

MIDLOTHIAN           Births     Marriages         Deaths

City of Edinburgh     Births     Marriages            Deaths                                                    Edinburgh Gillespie Biographies


MORAY                        Births     Marriages        Deaths


ORKNEY                                         Marriages


PERTH                          Births     Marriages        Deaths


RENFREW                Births      Marriages        Deaths


ROXBURGH            Births     Marriages          Death


STIRLING                 Births      Marriages         Deaths       (Note: There are more Gillespies in Stirling records than any other location for Scotland. It is also the oldest location in Scotland for a Gillespie presence, found in records so far). 

                                              Stirling Parish Map


WEST LOTHIAN                       Marriages


WIGTOWN              Births    Marriages        Deaths

Scotland Gillespie Biographies