Dumfriesshire family history information
See below for a list of records relating to Dumfries-shire ancestry.
Dumfriesshire was a historical county until 1975 when it became part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area. The county town was Dumfries. Traditionally Dumfriesshire was divided into three areas - Annandale, Eskdale and Nithsdale. It is located in the centre of the southern counties of Scotland that are on the border with England, north of the English county of Cumberland. The county contained royal four burghs - Dumfries, Annan, Sanquhar and Lochmaben.
As a border county Dumfriesshire was the scene of much fighting, both with England and between the clans. It is also associated with Robert Burns, who had a farm on the River Nith for three years and spent the last five years of his life at Dumfries.
Pigot's directory for 1825 describes the county thus:
"A great part of this county is mountainous, particularly towards its north, north-east and western confines, where the eminences are lofty, and assume a sterile appearance. However, numerous flocks of sheep and black cattle feed on them, and they abound with game. The vallies are pleasant and fertile, and in these the chief towns, villages and seats are to be found."
Why not set up an email alert to be notified when new Dumfries-shire records are added to Genhound? Note: This will set up an email alert for Dumfries-shire records for all dates. If you wish to limit the date range, click on the "Local records" link under "Browse" in the right hand menu and select the required date range.
If you are registered with Genhound and sign in you will be able to set up an email alert so you are notified whenever new records matching these criteria are added to Genhound. Registering with Genhound is fast, easy and free.