"DUMBARTON, town, castle and parish in Dumbartonshire. ... The parish excludes the town's suburbs, measures about 7½ by 3½ miles, and comprises 8291 acres. ... Pop. 10,898. The land for some distance from the town and castle is low and flat, but about the middle rises steeply into the Lennox Hills, and in the farther end is bleakly moorish. No school is in the landward part, and 1 of the schools in the town for 350 scholars is new."

[From The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Rev. John Wilson, 1882.]

Church Records

The parish church records are held in the General Register Office for Scotland in Edinburgh, and copies on microfilm may be consulted in local libraries and in LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Records in the old parish registers (OPRs) for Dumbarton parish span the following years:

Births or Baptisms ~ 1666-1854
Marriages or Banns ~ 1682-1854
Deaths or Burials ~ 1642-1795

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For details of these and other records held at the General Register Office in Edinburgh, see the GRO tutorial.

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