National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

About the Catholic Parish Registers

About the Catholic Parish Registers

What's Available

There are 415,887 sacramental and other records dating from before 1855 available. For the period post 1855, 771,222 sacramental and other records are available. In total there are 1,181,109 records available.

Digitisation project

Both pre-1855 records and some post-1855 records have been digitised and indexed. The records of the Bishopric of the Forces and Dalbeth Cemetery, Glasgow are complete. Note that the records for Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh were removed due to issues surrounding their accuracy.

Access to digital records

To preserve the privacy of living individuals, closure periods have been set on the records. Once the relevant time period has elapsed, they are released to the ScotlandsPeople website. These are currently:

Births and Baptisms

100 years

Deaths, burials, funerals and cemeteries

50 years

Marriages

75 years

Confirmations

100 years

Confessions

100 years

Converts

100 years

Communicants

100 years

Status Animarum

100 years

Seat Rents

100 years

Sick Call

100 years

 

Missions and Parishes: Scotland Pre-1855 Post-1855

Births and Baptisms

1703-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

214,527

278,555

Deaths, burials and funerals

1782-1855

1855-over 50 years ago

7,500

10,060

Marriages

1736-1855

1855-over 75 years ago

32,735

64,795

Confirmations

1794-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

13,329

31,386

Confessions

1839-1846

1890-over 100 years ago

6,646

None available

Converts

1741-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

505

119

Communicants

1782-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

104,458

69,337

Status Animarum

1804-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

15,255

5,415

Seat Rents

1829-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

8,171

12,995

Sick Call

1827-1855

1855-over 100 years ago

2,594

None available

Dates

1703-1855

1855-1958

Total number of records 405,720 472,662

 

Catholic Cemeteries: Scotland Pre-1855 Post-1855

Glasgow: Dalbeth

1851-1855

1855-1959

7,996

248,058

 

Total number of records 7,996 246,058

 

Catholic Bishopric of the Forces: British Armed Forces Worldwide Pre-1855 Post-1855

Baptisms and births

1855

1855-1908

94

12,248

Deaths

1855

1895-1959

6

2,997

Marriages

1836-1855

1855-1934

2

1,401

Confirmations

1855

1867-1909

2

1,038

Dates

1836-1855

1855-1958

Total number of records

104

17,684