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Archive Opening Times
Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-1.30pm; 2pm-5.30pm
Wednesday CLOSED - Open for appointments only on Wed.
mornings 10am-1pm June to August inclusive
Friday 10am-1.30pm; 2pm-5pm
CLOSED - Xmas Day thru to 2nd Jan; Easter Friday & Monday;
(Tel: 01955 606432)
The North Highland
Archive has a huge range of items which can be consulted in person in
our office at Wick Library, Scotland - free of charge. Staff are always
available to help you find what you are looking for. There are some
closure periods on sensitive material, but if you require information
relating to your own family we can look it up for you.
Our material can be of
interest to family historians, professional or amateur local historians,
academics, schoolchildren, or anyone interested in any of the topics in
which Caithness has made its mark. These include fishing, shipping,
lighthouses, architecture, brewing, tourism, manufacturing and crafts
such as glassmaking, and of course the famous Highland railways - the
most northerly lines in Britain. Not to forget other staple industries
of farming and crofting.
If you use the internet
on a regular basis, you will probably know that it is now possible to
access the Mormon's International Genealogical Index through their own
web site. To verify names and dates, however, and to give a broader
picture of your family's life, you need to look beyond the index. So
much information is available that it will never be possible or economic
to put it all on the net. Searching primary sources is absolutely
essential for successful research, especially if you want to verify
information picked up from the index.
Archivist Phil Astley has now left for a new
Archive is held in the Wick Library
built with funds from Andrew Carnegie
Newsletter 16 Spring 2003
Newsletter Jul - Sep 2002
Newsletter Jan - Mar 2002
Newsletter October - December 2001
Newsletter July - September 2001
Newsletter Apr - June 2001
Brenda Lees Leaves North Highland Archive
Lees archivist at the North Highland Archive had a night out to say
farewell with her friends and volunteers from the Archive in Wick.
Brenda is starting a new job in Wales shortly near to the place where
she comes from.
Highland Archive New Web Site 25 June 2002
Trudi Mann Archivist Retires
Macdonald collection is the most wide-ranging collection of architect's
drawings available for this part of Scotland. Principally concentrating on
Caithness, many plans are also available for Sutherland and Orkney, with
some going further afield. The collection has over 7000 pans and
business records covering 1889 - 1939
If you see anything in the lists that
you are interested in, please take a note of any reference number (eg
P48/2 or CE/5/1) as well as the title or description beside them. The
items are filed by reference number, so this will save you checking the
list a second time when you come up. You will also need this reference
number (as well as the title or description) if you are quoting from
original material in an essay or publication.
The Highland Council Archive
Highland Council Genealogy Service
The catalogues previously listed on this page have been removed as
they were out of date and a renumbering has been done. We hope to
have an updated catalogue in the near future. Meantime contact the
archive with enquiries on items you are looking for.
1861 Census Indexes Now Available
The 1861 census indexes, and now have Bower, Canisbay, Dunnet, Halkirk,
Latheron and Wick Burgh & Pulteneytown indexes finished and ready for
sale as follows:-
Bower £2.50 (25 pages) 90g
Canisbay £3.50 (39 pages) 126g
Dunnet £2.50 (28 pages) 96g
Halkirk £4.00 (43 pages) 136g
Latheron £10.00 (102 pages) 276g
Thurso (town and landward) £7.50
Wick Burgh & Pulteneytown £9.00 (72 pages) 208g £7.00
Would those who want copies posted to them please add up the weight of
copies you require and add postage as per the
Royal Mail website for mailing within the UK
overseas mail (Printed papers)
Then post or e-mail me your order. I will then advise methods of
payment. Indexes will not be despatched until payment is received.
Sinclair Macdonald Collection
Giving the full entry for
births, marriages, and (where available) deaths. This entry usually
gives the name of the individual village or farmstead, and the name of a
witness who was usually another relative. Held for both Caithness and
Giving the ages, occupations,
and place of birth of each individual member of the household. Held for
Caithness and Sutherland
Other printed or
microfilmed records which may be useful for both family and local
history are: -
We hold 1st and 2nd edition
Ordnance Survey maps (1873 and 1906, in 6" and 25" to 1 mile);
also 10ft to 1 mile maps of Wick (1872), coloured maps of Wick in 1898
(also 10ft to 1 mile) showing householders, shops and other properties
(produced by our history group in 1998).
These give the name of the
householder and were produced yearly, we hold rolls from 1878 for
Caithness and from 1883 for Wick burgh, to the Council Tax returns for
of confirmations (1876-1936) and
indexes to the services of heirs of Scotland
Indexed by the
name of the heir give details of wills and inheritance. Records of land
transfer (indexes and abridgements of sasines running from 1646-1968)
are also available in the archive.
Ordnance Survey Name Book (1871-1873)
Gives details of
each area or dwelling in Caithness at the time the first Ordnance Survey
maps were being produced. For the second Ordnance Survey maps, we also
hold Inland Revenue maps giving property boundaries.
A more detailed guide to
the use of our printed and microfilmed sources is available for sale in
the NHA priced £2.50
Unique archive or rare
printed sources include: -
School admission registers give
date of birth and of entry into the school; log books detail the school's
daily life, sometimes mentioning children individually; and any special
events or the yearly prize-giving would be noted in the local papers which
we also hold.
We have copies of trades
directories, newspaper advertisements for businesses, and several archive
collections which contain correspondence, details of employees and diaries
of work undertaken.
These give not only details of
council officials or contractors but discuss anything of note occuring at
the time - court cases, visits of national dignitaries, applications for
trading licences, etc, etc.
(Principally the John
O'Groat's Journal and the Northern Ensign). These were even
broader in scope than they are now, as they covered national and
international news as well as matters relating directly to Caithness. They
range from emigrants letters (from Caithnesians in the new world) to
accidents, disputes, events, achievements and entertainment at home. They
also contain many notices of births, marriages and deaths, which often
list surviving family and can help to fill in missing links.
Highland Railways Archives
archive includes Iain Sutherland's notes and drafts for his book 'The Wick &
Lybster Railway' and the original memorandum from 1901.
Plans of Georgemas Junction; copies of shareholders minutes.
Extensive council minutes and local newspapers covering the extension to
A selection of photographs.
Census records showing staff and station houses
Large-scale OS maps.
Wick Lybster Railway
Needless to say, council
records and newspapers detail the developments in Caithness industry and
economic activity as well as the trade records mentioned. The largest
private collection relates to shipping and fishing activities (Wick
Harbour Trust). A guide to the use of our own archive sources and
records relating to Caithness held elsewhere is available for sale in
the search room priced £1.50.