Clackmannanshire, Scotland Genealogy

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Guide to Clackmannanshire County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Clackmannanshire County

History[edit | edit source]

Clackmannanshire is a small county in the interior of Scotland, and is, in fact, known as "The Wee County" due to it being the smallest county in Scotland. It is bounded on the north and north-west by Perthshire, from which it is separated by the Ochil Hills, on the east by the county of Fife, and on the south and south-west by the river Forth. It is about 10 miles in length and 8 miles in extreme breadth, comprising an area of 52 square miles or 33,280 acres.

It comprises four parishes with part of another. For civil purposes it is associated with the county of Kinross under one sheriff, with a sub-sheriff for each. It contains the towns of Clackmannan and Alloa.

The population of the county in 1851 was 19,155.[1][2]

ScotlandsPeople: An Important Online Source[edit | edit source]

ScotlandsPeople is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, they have more than 100 million records to look through.

The comprehensive choice of Scottish records includes:

  • Statutory Registers
  • Old Parish Registers
  • Catholic Parish Registers
  • CPR Others
  • Census
  • Valuation Rolls
  • Soldiers’ Wills
  • Wills & Testaments
  • Coats of Arms

For more detail on record availability, see Guides. For the content guide to what records are on the site, see Guides A-Z. More information on the site, its contents, and instructions for using it can be found in the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article. Indexes may be searched for free, and there is a pay per view fee to see the digitized record.

Census[edit | edit source]

Many census records have been indexed by surname. Some indexes cover one parish (and will be listed in the Wiki on the parish page) and some indexes are for the county as a whole. The Family History Library has county-wide census placename indexes for Clackmannanshire for 1881.  Click here for other census indexes available at the library.

Parishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the Clackmannanshire parish records are indexed in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records.
This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Clackmannanshire in the country of Scotland. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. You will find interesting phonetic spelling. Some of the records may be in Latin or even a Welsh or Scottish dialect. Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data.

Here is a list of historic parishes, with their parish numbers, for Clackmannanshire.  Click on the parish name to see information about records. Click on this link to see an outline map of the parishes of Clackmannanshire.

Parish No.
Alloa 465
Clackmannan 466
Dollar 467
Tillicoultry 468

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration or Statutory Registers[edit | edit source]

For details on information found in statutory registers and other methods of searching them, see Scotland Statutory Registers - Vital Records.

Refer to the ScotlandsPeople Wiki article.
Images and Indexes Available at ScotlandsPeople Website ($)
Births 1855-1910 ◊ScotlandsPeople Website has indexes to 2012.
Marriages 1855-1935
Deaths 1855-1960

Directories[edit | edit source]

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland, Post Office Directories are avilable online. The directory available for Clackmannanshire is:

1877: This are available in either PDF format or viewable online. The parishes it includes are:

  • Alloa
  • Stirling
  • Alva
  • Logie
  • Tillicoultry
  • Dollar
  • Clackmannan
  • Tulliallan
  • Culross
  • Burgh of Alloa

Maps[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse Records[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Workhouses in Scotland were commonly known as poorhouses. For more information on Scottish poorhouses, go to the Scotland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc page.

Only a portion of the workhouse below was available for this county:

A description with drawings and photos of the workhouse today along with databases of those living there from the 1881 Census are provided on the link above located on the site entitled The Workhouse: The story of an institution... which is owned and operated by Peter Higginbotham.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Central Scotland Family History Society
CSFHS Secretary
4 Fir Lane
email secretary

Scottish Genealogy Society
15 Victoria Terrace
0131 220 3677

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel Lewis. Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London, England: S. Lewis and Co., 1846), 3 v.: 651, [FHL book 941 E5]. Digitized by FamilySearch International,, (accessed June 20, 2016).
  2. Samuel Lewis. "Carnwath - Clackmannanshire," in A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, (London, 1846), 185-200. British History Online, (accessed May 24, 2020).