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"The parish of Arbirlot measures approximately 4 miles by 3 miles. It is bounded by the parishes of Arbroath, Panbride, St Vigeans and Carmyllie. It has a coastline of about 3 miles which is flat and sandy, affording excellent bathing ground to considerable numbers who come here during the bathing season. About 4200 acres are under cultivation, and 50 under wood. Arbroath, the suburbs of which reach almost to the east end of the parish, is the market town. There are 3 schools. There are 2 married men and 1 woman in this parish who cannot read, none of them are natives of this parish. About 2 years ago a savings bank was established. There is only one inn in the parish."

Edited from The New Statistical Account of Scotland, Angus, 1835

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Monumental Inscriptions of the Parish Churchyard of Arbirlot have been recorded in Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Angus, vol 2 edited by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Genealogy Society, 1979, ISBN 0 901061 22 0. (Follow links to online shop, then memorial inscriptions, then Angus.) Burial records for Arbirlot Churchyard  are held at Angus Recreation Services, Dewar House, Hill Terrace, Arbroath. Sidney Cramer compiled a record of gravestone inscriptions in the 1960s and copies are available at Dundee Central Library and on microfilm from the LDS Church, microfilm number 0564329 item 13.



All census returns for the parish of  Arbirlot are held at New Register House, Edinburgh and can be consulted there. The census returns have been microfilmed by the LDS church and the films numbers are:

1841 0101798
1851 0103635
1861 0103786
1871 0103938
1881 0203472
1891 0208697


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Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of  Arbirlot (271) are located in New Register House, Edinburgh. These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church (Film numbers: 0993329 - vols 1-2; 0993330 - vols 3-5). The records contain:

271/1 b 1632-1819
271/2 m 1652-1819, d 1633-1819
271/3 d 1710-1739
271/4 b 1820-1854, m 1820-1854, d 1820-1854
271/5 Index to b 1632-1819
271/6 Index to b, m and d 1820-1854

Births and marriages have been indexed and the deaths will eventually be included in the National Burial Index.

The Kirk Session records of Arbirlot are held in the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. They have been microfilmed and copies of these can be bought from them. Three volumes are at the SRO:

CH2/505/1, 3-4 Session Ledger, 1740-1872
CH2/505/5 Register of Discipline, 1709-1758
CH2/505/6 Baptisms, 1855-1879

Civil Registration

All records of Civil Registration are held at New Register House, Edinburgh. Microfilm copies of births, deaths and marriages for the years 1855-1875, 1881 and 1891 have been filmed by the LDS church and can be ordered to any family history centre worldwide. Microfilm numbers for Births, Deaths and Marriages in Angus can be found on the Civil Registration page. It is necessary to know that parish number and this can be found on the list of Angus parishes. PLEASE CHECK FILM NUMBERS BEFORE ORDERING.


Court Records

Details of Wills and Testaments can be found in Commissary Court Records. Persons from Arbirlot can be registered in the Commissary Courts of St Andrews, Brechin, Dunkeld or Edinburgh. Indexes to these records have been published by the Scottish Record Society until 1800.  Arbirlot was in the Sheriffdom of Forfar and details of these records can be found on the Forfar Sheriff Court page. Records of the Commissary Courts and Sheriff Courts are held at the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh.


Description and Travel

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Emigration and Immigration

Population movement can often be very difficult to trace. There are a number of publications which can help trace individuals who may have emmigrated from the county of Angus such as Tay Valley People in North America, and Tay Valley People in Australia both published by Tay Valley Family History Society along with The Scots Overseas: emigrants and adventurers from Angus and Perth by David Dobson, 1996, St Andrews.



The transcription of the section for Arbirlot from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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Tay Valley Family History Society, based in Dundee which promotes genealogy in Angus, Perth, Fife and Kinross has published a number of books about genealogy in Angus, including regular Members Interests of research.



General History is dealt with in the following books.

Arbirlot eighty years ago,
William Craig, 1921, Arbroath

Arbirlot Memories,
William Craig, 1921, Arbroath

Additional information can also be found in the three Statistical Accounts.



Year Population Year Population
1755 865 1861 960
1801 1050 1871 919
1811   1881 822
1821   1891 848
1831   1901 800
1841   1911 840
1851 990