The National Library of Scotland has now added Post Office Directories to its database. You can now access online 287 directories for the period 1774 to 1911. Several towns and counties are covered and you’ll see numbers in brackets beside each place name to indicate the number of directories available.
Most of Scotland’s post offices also include street directories and trade directories that alphabetically list people by their address and professions.
Other lists include:
- Bank directory listing banks and banking companies
- Church directory listing of clergymen and places of worship
- Conveyance directory listing railways, steamers, carriages, coaches and ferries
- Educational directory listing educational institutions and teachers by their subject
- Insurance directory listing insurance companies
- Law directory listing juridical institutions and practitioners
- Medical directory listing medical and surgical institutions and practitioners
- Parliamentary directory listing Chief Officers of State, Peers of Scotland, and Members of Parliament
- Postal directory listing postal branches, postage rates, post towns and stamp duties
- Public Departments directory listing public institutions and societies.
The Graphic for this page is featured on the NLS web page and is the Stirling directory’s title page.
These directories are very useful for anyone researching their ancestors and could potentially knock down some brick walls.
For additional information, please click on the link The National Library of Scotland.
You can also find a link to the NLS Home Page on my Blogroll. It’s an interesting site to visit.