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History buffs and those looking to research their family history, could find a treasure trove of information at The Archives.

The resource holds and preserves the official records of Argyll and Bute Council and also the records of the organisations whose functions the council inherited, including: the Commissioners of Supply, parish councils, burgh councils, schools, school boards, Argyll County Council and Bute County Council.

They tell the story of how Argyll and Bute has developed over the centuries and many contain the stories of individual people who lived here. The oldest record is the Rothesay Charter, which dates from 1400, with the newest records are the reports and agendas used in council meetings today.

The facility also provide accommodation for records created by private individuals, estates, solicitors, businesses and clubs located within the area of Argyll and Bute Council. These private records are often held on indefinite loan and remain the property of the person or institute depositing them.

What can you research here?
To help the family history researcher there is a dedicated family history section in the searchroom, where you will find copies of the records that people have found most useful for tracing their ancestors, including monumental inscriptions and lists of men who might be liable for military service.

Once you have finished looking at these, staff may be able to suggest other records that might be of use to you, including Registers of Electors, Valuation Rolls, poor relief records, school admission registers and estate records.

You can find out about how your local area has developed over the years, with information on Argyll and Bute’s roads, bridges, piers, buildings and estates.

If you have ever wondered who has previously lived in your house, or if you live in one of the former burghs, you might be able to see the original plans.

The Archive is held at the Manse Brae area office in Lochgilphead, and is open 10am-4.30 Monday to Friday.

For information call 01546 604774, or email: archives@liveargyll.co.uk