Coverage - Scotland's Criminal Database

Scotland's Criminal Databse includes an index to all surviving High Court Precognitions and Trial Papers between 1790 and 1917. The index contains the names of all the accused and also details of victims in many of the cases. All in all, the database currently amounts to 139,011 entries. You can find out more about these fascinating records in our Learning Zone.

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The database also includes over 23,494 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!

Find out more about prison registers in our Learning Zone.

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

Banff Prison 1848-1878
Cromarty Prison 1841-1871
Dumbarton Prison 1828-1840
Dumfries Prison 1841-1853
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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