A study of the earliest Gillespies in Scotland is found in a link to the NEWSLETTERS on the top menu bar.
As of January 1st, 2018 records loaded so far on this website for Scotland indicate the following earliest dates for counties in the chart below. These dates may change and updates are planned.
Actual records on the Internet seem to be non existent prior to 1600, even though published volumes giving earlier dates may be found. There are records on vellum or parchment maintained in Special Collections but with severely restricted access because they are so fragile. Paper records are disintegrating at an alarming rate for the genealogist, just as tombstones inscriptions are being erased by the winds of time.
This Library seeks records to preserve Gillespie history, and to study the migration of Scottish people across their own country and the world.
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A zero number simply means no records have yet been added for that area.
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Aberdeen Parish Map (shows location of events in yellow)
ANGUS Births Marriages Deaths
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
BERWICK Births Marriages Deaths
CLACKMANNAN Births Marriages Deaths
DUNBARTON Births Marriages Death
EAST LOTHIAN Births Marriages Deaths
Edinburgh – see MIDLOTHIAN
KINCARDINE Births Marriages Deaths
KIRKCUDBRIGHT Births Marriages Deaths
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
MORAY Births Marriages Deaths
PERTH Births Marriages Deaths
ROXBURGH Births Marriages Death
STIRLING Births Marriages Deaths (Note: There are more Gillespies in Stirling records than any other location for Scotland. It is also the oldest location in Scotland for a Gillespie presence, found in records so far).
WEST LOTHIAN Marriages
WIGTOWN Births Marriages Deaths