in This module is about the sources to be found that inform research about family and local history in Scotland, how they can be interpreted and used. It also provides you with the context of the administrative and legal framework that some of these records are created within.

  • Introduction to family and local history sources in Scotland
  • Location, type and uses of records
  • Reading and interpreting records
  • Local administration and records
  • Financial and fiscal records
  • Courts and the police
  • Church records, education and poor relief
  • Harbour and building records
  • Land, property and inheritance
  • Trade and business
  • Families and societies

Module code


Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)


Bruce Jackson