Coverage - Prison Registers

We have now indexed over 26,000 prison register entries. Many of our ancestors spent a night in jail, some spent longer. The information is truly valuable as the full entries often give places of birth which may not be available anywhere else as well as giving personal details such as eye color!

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Here is a list of the prison registers we have indexed so far. If you can’t see the one you need please consider sponsoring an index or get in touch with our genealogists, Graham and Emma Maxwell.

The Prison Register record set now contains 26,105 entries.

Banff Prison 1848-1878
Cromarty Prison 1841-1871
Dumbarton Prison 1828-1840
Dumfries Prison 1841-1856
Edinburgh (Calton Jail) 1841
Edinburgh (Lock-up House) 1826-1828
Glasgow (Duke Street) Prison 1884 (part)
Greenlaw Prison 1840-1862
Jedburgh Prison 1811-1841, 1843-1869
Kelso Prison 1844-1862
Kirkcudbright Prison 1841-1848
Maxwelltown Prison 1840-1848
Peebles Prison 1848-1862
Selkirk Prison 1828-1840, 1853-1878
Stranraer Prison 1840-1848

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