SCOTLAND

INTRODUCTION

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
COUNTRY DATE
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

Stirling

1604
Banff 0
Caithness 0
Nairn 0
Peebles 0
Ross & Cromarty 0
Selkirk 0

A zero number simply means no records have yet been added on the chart.

COUNTY RECORDS

Click on ‘green coloured words to find records

Scotland Census Gillespie Population Summary
1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
2443 2967 3084 3445 3806 4248

Where did Gillespies live in Scotland? The chart provided below lists the individuals in each country every 10 years between 1841 to 1891. Births vs deaths, and arrival or departure of people affect the total number, as one gets a glimpse of Gillespies over 50 years in Scotland’s history.

Scotland Census
COUNTY Census 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1871 Census 1881 Census 1891
ABERDEENSHIRE 134 116 165 181 208 213
ANGUS 58 44 58 86 116 122
ARGYLL 139 117 114 130 116 125
AYRSHIRE 96 90 129 104 178 207
BANFFSHIRE 7 4 4 6 0 4
BERWICKSHIRE 3 0 3 8 10 11
BUTE 6 18 17 7 5 7
CAITHNESS 12 3 11 1 4 0
CLACKMANNANSHIRE 67 76 58 50 48 43
DUMFRIESSHIRE 86 134 171 146 99 134
DUNBARTONSHIRE 34 46 64 91 148 140
EAST LOTHIAN 8 9 15 12 11 9
FIFE 64 170 197 195 201 224
INVERNESSSHIRE 15 7 13 7 19 1
KINCARDINESHIRE 15 15 23 31 32 32
KINROSS-SHIRE 0 1 6 6 4 3
KIRKCUDBRIGHSHIRE 36 53 65 99 97 87
LANARKSHIRE 429 548 886 1153 1256 1485
MIDLOTHIAN 202 221 225 284 318 381
MORAYSHIRE 2 3 4 6 3 7
ORKNEY 0 7 5 11 6 7
PEEBLESHIRE 0 0 1 0 7 11
PERTH 79 117 85 94 104 105
RENFREWSHIRE 138 148 225 237 285 320
ROSS & CROMARTY 0 0 10 2 1 0
ROXBURGHSHIRE 2 11 12 15 13 8
SELKIRKSHIRE 0 0 1 1 3 1
SHETLAND 0 0 0 0 0 0
STIRLINGSHIRE 235 379 449 405 448 478
SUTHERLAND 12 0 1 0 8 7
WEST LOTHIAN 13 24 37 43 30 61
WIGTOWNSHIRE 44 31 30 34 28 18
TOTALS 2443 2967 3084 3445 3806 4248

 

ABERDEEN:

Births        Marriages        Deaths

Aberdeen Family Histories

Aberdeen Parish Map (shows location of events in yellow)

ANGUS                 Births        Marriages         Deaths

 Angus Parish Map

ARGYLL 

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

BANFF

 

BERWICK             Births         Marriages       Deaths

                                     Berwick Parish Map

 

BUTE                      Births  

               

CAITHNESS

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

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