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Muckairn, Argyllshire, Scotland Genealogy

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This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Muckair. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.


History[edit | edit source]

     The name of this parish means “The valley or field of Edgar.”   Oban is the nearest town.   There is an obelisk on a hill in commemoration of the victory or Lord Nelson over the French fleet at Aboukir.  Campbell of Lochnell is the major landowner.  The land was primarily used for, sheep, cattle, oats, horses, corn, and barley.  The population in 1801 was 893.  The population in 1841 was 812 .   The earliest parish registery entry is 1760. They have been kept irregularly but recently have improved in this respect.   There are not a half dozen disenters in the parish.
This account was written in 1844.

Source:New Statistical Account of Scotland (FHL book 941 B4sa, series 2) 


The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at  Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for Muckairn. Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about census records.

Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Muckairn as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:


Years FHL Film Number Surname Index                
1841 1042718 941.38 X22s 1841 v. 1-5
1851 1042353 941.39 X2a
1861 103797
1871 103954
1881 203560 6086508 (set of 4 Fiche)
1891 220170

The 1901 and 1911 census of Scotland is indexed on  To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1911, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access indexes through the library.



Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about church records.

Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers[edit | edit source]

Years Covered FHL Film Number
Births: 1771-1853 1041074 items 5-6
Marriages: 1781-1854 1041074 items 5-6
Deaths; No entries

Condition of Original Records—[edit | edit source]

Index: For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index on computer at the Family History Library and family history centers.  Some records may be indexed in the International Genealogical Index. 
Births: The first 19 pages of the record up to 1796, are very irregular, ranging from 1746–1821. After 1796 the entries are, with a few exceptions, quite regular. The record appears to be a copy.
Marriages: The record is regular with respect to dates. The record described as being "extracted from old records."
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records
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The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1833–1862
Poor Accounts and Minutes 1829–1850
School Accounts 1812–1834
Note: Available at the Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh, record CH2/379.

Nonconformist Church Records
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A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union List.


Muckairn, Taynuilt Free Church
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The people of Evangelical sympathies met here for three years before the Disruption to worship apart from the Established Church. The Lorn Furnace Company put a large storehouse, suitably fitted up, at their disposal. At the Disruption the charge of this district was divided between the ministers of Kilchrennan and Ardchattan, until a minister was settled in 1844. Church and manse were erected in 1860. After the closing of the furnace company around 1870, the population greatly decreased. A second church was provided at Inverguisachan, near the head of Loch Etive, where services were held at intervals.
Membership: 1848, 100; 1900, 58.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details may be given in the source including ministers.

Session Minutes 1844–1931
Deacons' Court Minutes, loose leaves 1844–1857
Note: Available at the Scottish National Archives, Edinburgh, record CH3/238

Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.

See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Muckairn was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Argyll until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Dunoon. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at  You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Argyll and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Argyll.
The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Argyll. Look in the library catalog
 for the 'Place-names' of Argyll and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

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