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Archives held in the Lochaber Archive Centre

Stuthan air an tasgadh ann an Tasglann Loch Abar

The Lochaber Archive Centre holds a wider variety of records relating to the history of Lochaber in various formats, including minute books, correspondence, maps, plans and photographs.

You can explore our online catalogue for more detailed searches.

Collections include:

County of Inverness (collections relating to Lochaber)

County of Argyll (collections relating to Lochaber)

Education records from the 1860s, including logbooks and admission registers for more than sixty Lochaber schools.

Poor relief records, 1845-1930.

Property valuation rolls, 1874-1990.

Fort William Burgh records, 1874-1975.

Police archives, 1875-1946.

Abridgements of Sasines: property transactions from 1781 to 1971, Inverness-shire and Argyllshire

Church records including kirk session and presbytery records for parishes in the Lochaber Presbytery, 1724-1991.

Estate and family papers:

  • Cameron of Lochiel Estate papers and Cameron of Lochiel Personal papers from 1624, which include a large collection of material relating to the 1715, 1719 and 1745 Jacobite risings.
  • Cameron-Head of Inverailort papers, from 1799.
  • Knoydart estate papers, 1810-1945

The West Highland Museum Collections recently transferred to Lochaber Archive Centre which include:

  • Jacobite collections
  • Arisaig estate papers
  • Ben Nevis Observatory visitors’ books

Smaller private collections: archives of individuals, businesses, societies, and other organisations.

Maps and plans, including Ordnance Survey plans scale 25″:1 mile dating from 1870.

Genealogical resources on microfilm for the Lochaber area including census returns, 1841-1901, Old Parish Registers, and the International Genealogical Index.

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