Place:Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Alt namesGlasgow Barony
TypeParish, City district, Registration district
Coordinates55.86°N 4.24°W
Located inGlasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland     (1855 - 1975)
See alsoCity of Glasgow, Scotlandunitary authority since 1975
Contained Places
Barrachnie ( - 1891 )
Carntyne ( - 1891 )
Kelvinside ( - 1891 )
Possilpark ( - 1891 )
image:LKS Glasgow parishes4.png

Barony was Scottish Registration District 622.

A quote from GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland):

"Locating Barony on a map can be a somewhat perplexing business - for you will almost certainly fail to locate it on any modern map! Today, what was Barony parish has long been eaten up by the city of Glasgow. In the past it represented lands which were to the north of the city and which were, in those days, more rural - they included Maryhill, Lambhill, Bishopbriggs, Kelvinside, Possilpark, Balornock, Springburn, Provanmill, Millerston, Dennistoun, Carntyne, Shettleston, Tollcross and Barrachnie. (Some of these cross parish boundaries)."

GENUKI'S list of churches in the area of Barony brings up even more of the many communities that were included in the parish.


Research Tips

Dates of the Old Parish Registers for Glasgow Barony

Births: 1674-1854
Marriages: 1674-1854
Deaths: not recorded (or not retained)

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • FamilySearch (Indexes only)
  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.

The old parish registers given above are those of the original Church of Scotland. Other churches with congregations in the area included the Free Church (established after 1843), the United Presbyterian Church (established circa 1860), and the Wesleyans (or Methodists). They would have all kept their own parish registers. Roman Catholic Records can be found on Scotland's People.

Sources for Cemeteries

  • The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN holds the records of some twenty Glasgow cemeteries covering the period from the Glasgow City Archives, as well as lair plans and registers of burials in intra-mural burial grounds from 1870 to 1950. Records are arranged in unindexed chronological order. Some of these cemeteries have been transcribed by The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society.

Further Sources of Reference

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  • GENUKI article on Barony
  • Scottish Places does not really discuss Barony Parish as it tends to stick to geography circa the year 2000, but this map shows many of the communities around Glasgow which were, until various dates in the 19th century, considered to be in Barony Parish.
  • The maps website of the National Library of Scotland allows comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society website contains a plethora of information about the area both inside and outside Glasgow itself.
  • Glimpses of Glasgow, by Andrew Aird, 1894. An ebook from the Glasgow Digital Library. The first section is an almost street-by-street description of Glasgow discussing its progress from the 1840s to the 1890s. Many suburbs and localities are covered.
  • The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN. For those who can get to Glasgow, the Mitchell Library has many facilities for Family History research in its Glasgow Collection and linked Family Search Room on the 5th floor. These include
  • old parish registers (generally meaning the Church of Scotland records) and census returns (for Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire) on microfilm.
  • cemeteries, as described above
  • Glasgow Poor Law applications 1851-1915 for Glasgow City and Barony (complete transcription); Govan (ongoing transcription);Lanarkshire Poor Law applications to 1900 (complete transcription); and Dunbartonshire Parishes (ongoing transcription);
  • Strathclyde area Police Registers from c1850 to c1930 (complete transcription)
  • Glasgow Militia records 1810-1831 (complete transcription)
  • Glasgow Burgh Register of Sasines 1694-1809 (ongoing transcription).

Many of the transcriptions available at the Mitchell Library have been prepared by members of the The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society on a voluntary basis.