Pollokshields Heritage  



Contact the Archives Section of The Mitchell Library.  
Your research can begin with the Glasgow Post Office Directories.  All addresses are listed in these directories from 1876 to 1976;  householders are named and their occupations can be traced.  If you work backwards in ten year stages till you find the first mention of your address and this will indicate the date of building.

The Mitchell also holds many of the architect’s plans which have the date of when the house was built.  

The original records of land changing hands – the ‘sasines’ – in the Glasgow Burgh, from 1690 to 1927 are also in The Mitchell.  And they hold the Barony and Regalty records from 1781 until the1970s and ’80s - also ‘sasines’.

Valuation Rolls also record details of owners and occupiers.  They are the more official records and more comprehensive than the Post Office Directories, since not everyone is listed in the PO Directories;  you had to pay to be included those!  On the other hand the amount of information provided is more limited.  These records are held at The Mitchell from 1913 onwards.

The National Archives of Scotland hold valuation rolls and sasine records.
They have records created by Scottish government going back to the 12th century until the present day, along with private records created by businesses, landed estates, families, courts, churches and other corporate bodies.  www.nas.gov.uk

Census Records show who lived in the house at the time of the Census, their ages and occupations and family details.   The Census of 1911 is now online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

You can also refer to the street index records at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh for a specific house search.

Registers of Scotland holds a data base which should contain information about the current and at least some of the previous owners besides significant dates of changes in ownership, mortgages, etc.  www.ros.gov.uk  Tel. 0845 607 0161.

There is also the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).  The Commission has a responsibility to keep records of all buildings in Scotland – from castles and standing stones to cottages and city streets.

Happy House Hunting!

And do let us know what your researches come up with in your dig into history