Diane Baptie Picture by SeeSawPhotos: Gairloch Village and Baosbheinn (Hill of the Wizard), Wester Ross, Scotland.


Civil cases

These are to be found in the records of the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session.  Both courts dealt with bankruptcy.  From 1830, divorces were heard in the Court of Session.  Prior to that they  had been heard in Edinburgh Commissary Court

A separate class of records are the Diligence records – Horning and Inhibitions and Adjudications, which involve debt

Criminal records

Less serious cases were heard in the Sheriff Courts, whereas the more serious ones were tried in the High Court of Justiciary

Other Courts:

  • Franchise Courts
  • Burgh Courts
  • Justice of the Peace Courts
  • Admiralty Courts

There are also records of several prisons for the mid to late 19th century

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