SCOTLAND

 

INTRODUCTION

A study of the earliest Gillespies in Scotland is found in NEWSLETTERS

The earliest record dates for Scotland on this website are currently as follows:  (* indicates Northern Scotland)

  • Stirlingshire                          1604 birth Falkirk
  • Kinross-shire                       1610 marriage
  • Fife                                             1613 birth
  • Dumfriesshire                     1617 birth
  • Kincardineshire                 1625 marriage
  • Ayrshire                                  1640 birth
  • East Lothian                         1646 marriage
  • Lanark/Glasgow                1646 marriage
  • Midlothian/Edinburgh  1648 birth
  • Aberdeenshire                  1649 birth
  • Inverness-shire                 1649 marriage *
  • West Lothian                      1651 birth
  • Roxburghshire                   1662 birth
  • Dunbartonshire                1663 marriage
  • Berkwickshire                    1671 marriage
  • Perthshire                            1671 birth
  • Selkirkshire                         1680 birth
  • Angus                                     1682 birth
  • Kirkcudbright                    1698 marriage
  • Clackmanshire                  1690 birth
  • Wigtown                               1729 birth
  • Morayshire                         1731 birth
  • Islay, Argyll                         1740 marriage
  • Renfrewshire                    1752 birth

Where did Gillespies live in Scotland? They were most numerous in Lanarkshire (including Glasgow) and Stirlingshire,  with none in Shetland. The chart provided below lists the individuals in each country every 10 years between 1841 to 1891. Births vs deaths, and arrival or departure of people affect the total number, as one gets a glimpse of Gillespies over 50 years in Scotland’s history.

Scotland Census
COUNTY Census 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1871 Census 1881 Census 1891
ABERDEENSHIRE 134 116 165 181 208 213
ANGUS 58 44 58 86 116 122
ARGYLL 139 117 114 130 116 125
AYRSHIRE 96 90 129 104 178 207
BANFFSHIRE 7 4 4 6 0 4
BERWICKSHIRE 3 0 3 8 10 11
BUTE 6 18 17 7 5 7
CAITHNESS 12 3 11 1 4 0
CLACKMANNANSHIRE 67 76 58 50 48 43
DUMFRIESSHIRE 86 134 171 146 99 134
DUNBARTONSHIRE 34 46 64 91 148 140
EAST LOTHIAN 8 9 15 12 11 9
FIFE 64 170 197 195 201 224
INVERNESSSHIRE 15 7 13 7 19 1
KINCARDINESHIRE 15 15 23 31 32 32
KINROSS-SHIRE 0 1 6 6 4 3
KIRKCUDBRIGHSHIRE 36 53 65 99 97 87
LANARKSHIRE 429 548 886 1153 1256 1485
MIDLOTHIAN 202 221 225 284 318 381
MORAYSHIRE 2 3 4 6 3 7
ORKNEY 0 7 5 11 6 7
PEEBLESHIRE 0 0 1 0 7 11
PERTH 79 117 85 94 104 105
RENFREWSHIRE 138 148 225 237 285 320
ROSS & CROMARTY 0 0 10 2 1 0
ROXBURGHSHIRE 2 11 12 15 13 8
SELKIRKSHIRE 0 0 1 1 3 1
SHETLAND 0 0 0 0 0 0
STIRLINGSHIRE 235 379 449 405 448 478
SUTHERLAND 12 0 1 0 8 7
WEST LOTHIAN 13 24 37 43 30 61
WIGTOWNSHIRE 44 31 30 34 28 18
TOTALS 2443 2967 3084 3445 3806 4248

COUNTY RECORDS

Click on greecoloured words to find records

ABERDEENSHIRE:

Births        Marriages        Deaths

Aberdeen Family Histories

Aberdeen Parish Map (shows location of events in yellow)

 

ANGUS   

Births        Marriages         Deaths

 Angus Parish Map

 

ARGYLL 

Births          Marriages             Deaths

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ISLE OF ISLAY:    Births          Marriages             Deaths

MAP of Islay Parishes                      MAP Islay Overview

Passenger Lists        Tenants              Researchers   

Isle of Islay:     Travel Tips

Note: There are more Scottish Gillespies in Ontario, Canada from the Isle of Islay, than any other Scottish location of origin. Most of them arrived during the 1830s, lessening after 1851.  Islay Immigrants to Ontario

Books: Sketches of Islay by William MacDonald, MD;  Islay, Biography of An Island, by Margaret Storrie

 

AYRSHIRE 

Births         Marriages       Deaths

Ayrshire Parish Map

 

BANFFSHIRE

Births        Marriages       Deaths

 

BERWICKSHIRE

Births         Marriages       Deaths

Berwick Parish Map

 

BUTE                 

 Births            Marriages                 Deaths

 

CAITHNESS

Births               Marriages          Deaths

 

CLACKMANNANSHIRE

 Births      Marriages      Deaths

 

DUMFRIESSHIRE  

Births         Marriages       Deaths

Dumfries Parish Map

 

DUNBARTONSHIRE

Births        Marriages        Deaths

 

EAST LOTHIAN

Births        Marriages        Deaths

 

Edinburgh – see MIDLOTHIAN

 

FIFE 

Births        Marriages          Deaths

 

INVERNESS-SHIRE

Births             Marriages             Deaths

Earliest record for the North of Scotland 1649

KINCARDINESHIRE

Births        Marriages        Deaths

 

KINROSS-SHIRE

Births           Marriages              Deaths

 

KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE

Births           Marriages             Deaths

1792 Census of Parish of Balmaclellan

 

LANARKSHIRE

Births      Marriages         Deaths

Biography of Robert Gillespie, Merchant to Canada

City of Glasgow      Births     Marriages         Deaths

                           1841 Glasgow Police Return:

  • Mrs C Gillespie born Scotland, age 60, 26 years in city, 16 Gibson Street, widow, 2 children born, weekly earnings 1.0, Parish relief 1.0, meals 1, Dwelling 14’X 10′  In bad health and has no work
  • Mrs G Gillespie, born Ireland, age 65, 45 years in city, 109 Old Wynd, widow, monthly parish relief 4.6.temp parish relief 1.0, 1 meal. 12′ x 10′ dwelling size. No bed clothes and in ill health.

 

MIDLOTHIAN  

Births     Marriages         Deaths

City of Edinburgh     Births         Marriages            Deaths                                                    Edinburgh Gillespie Biographies

 

MORAYSHIRE   

Births     Marriages        Deaths

 

NAIRNSHIRE

Births          Marriages          Deaths

 

ORKNEY  

Births      Marriages      Deaths

 

PERTHSHIRE    

Births     Marriages        Deaths

 

RENFREWSHIRE  

 Births     Marriages        Deaths

 

ROSS & CROMARTY

Births       Marriages       Deaths

 

ROXBURGHSHIRE          

 Births     Marriages       Deaths

 

SELKIRKSHIRE

Births     Marriages     Deaths

 

SHETLAND

 

STIRLINGSHIRE 

Births      Marriages         Deaths

Stirling Parish Map

 

SUTHERLAND

Births         Marriages       Deaths

 

WEST LOTHIAN                      

Births       Marriages        Deaths

 

WIGTOWNSHIRE            

Births    Marriages      Deaths


Scotland Gillespie Biographies

Website for Gillespie records world-wide