The Archive looks after the historic records of Perth and Kinross Council and its predecessors, spanning over 800 years. They cover all aspects of our history, including local
politics, education, health and welfare, trade and industry, roads and bridges, buildings and more…
We have prepared a brief history of these organisations and a summary of the records that we hold for each.
City and Royal Burgh of Perth
Dating from 1210, these records cover matters within the city such as crime and punishment, trade, guilds and incorporations, the Jacobites, politics and health.
Most of the burgh records cover the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. They contain information about the activities of the burgh councils and their predecessors, mainly to do with cleansing, lighting, policing and public health. The small burghs are Kinross, Blairgowrie & Rattray, Aberfeldy, Abernethy, Alyth, Auchterarder,Coupar Angus, Crieff and Pitlochry.
Perthshire and Kinross-shire Counties
County records date from the 17th century and cover Perthshire and Kinross-shire. These include commissioners of supply records and those of the highway commissioners, valuation rolls and electoral rolls, school records, and parish council records including information about poor relief and public health before 1930. There are also records of roads and bridges, licensing and public health.
District council records date from the 1930s to the 1970s, covering Perth, Central, Eastern and Highland District Councils.
Please note: the records of the Western District Council have been transferred to Stirling Archive.
Tayside Region and Perth & Kinross District Councils
Dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, these collections contain electoral, valuation and planning application records.
Other Official Collections
These other official collections were created by Perth and Kinross Constabulary and its predecessors, Perth and Blairgowrie Customs and Excise offices and the Justices of the Peace for Perthshire and Kinross-shire. They all contain information about their activities, and the police records also contain material about police officers and criminals.