Glasgow Council Records

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  • Reference
      GB 243 C
  • Dates of Creation
      1575 - 1974
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      59.30 Linear Metres

Scope and Content

Council minutes, 1574-1975 (with some gaps in the period before 1623); Indices, 1698-1853 (later volumes are internally indexed).Committee minutes: General, 1831-1898; Sale of seats in Blackfriars church, 1702-1750; Magistrates, 1802-1941; Law processes, 1831-1843; Churches and churchyards, 1832-1899; Court houses and jails, 1833-1839; Finance and property (landed property), 1832-1834; Finance accounts, 1833-1899; The Green, 1833-1835, 1861-1869; Mills, quarries and minerals, 1833-1843; Inland communications, 1834; Markets, clocks, bazaars, etc., 1834-1861; Election of Clyde trustees, 1840-1858; High School and education, 1844-1873; Bye-laws for hackney carriages, 1845-1851; Deputations on parliamentary bills, 1847; Memorial of Queen Victoria's visit to Glasgow, 1849-1855; 1862 International Exhibition, 1861-1862; Joint sewage, 1867-1876; Tramways, 1873-1899; Libraries, 1874-1910; Diseases of Animals Acts 1878-1894, 1878-1899; Weights and measures, 1879-1907; Parliamentary bills, 1881-1899; Scotch Local Authorities: Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act 1878, 1883-1891; Extension of Glasgow boundaries, 1890-1899; Markets committee on purchases under the order of 1904, 1905-1911; Couper Institute, 1915-1917; Health, 1917-1956; Child welfare, 1920-1924; Accommodation for tubercular patients, 1922-1930; Pensions, 1926-1936.Municipal commissions and tribunals: Glasgow Boundaries Commission, 1887-1888; Glasgow Municipal Commission on the Housing of the Poor, 1902-1905; Municipal Commission on Proposed Redivision of Wards, 1896; Glasgow Tribunal on Bribery and Corruption, 1933; Joint Working Party on Community Problems, 1971.Records of minor trusts including Murdoch Boys School, 1829, St Nicholas’ Hospital, 1786-1791, Glasgow Anatomical Institution, 1880-1943, and the Shuna Trust, 1829-1911.Registers of burgesses and guild brethren, and related records, 1613-1971; Electoral rolls, 1832-1854; Rolls of honour, 1914-1918, 1939-1945.Oaths and declarations: Abjuration and allegiance oath rolls, 1807-1880 (incomplete); Declarations of office-bearers, 1868-1874, 1889-1974, and of councillors, 1874-1946.Standing orders of council, 1831, 1904-1934, 1947-1948, 1966-1974.Bye-laws on advertising, Alexandra Park, auction sales, baths and wash houses, Glasgow Bazaar, billiard rooms, the Bird and Dog Market, Botanic Gardens, building regulations, the Cattle Market, the Cheese Market, chimney sweeps, circuses, the cleansing of common stairs, lobbies, etc., Clyde navigation, common lodging-houses, contraceptives, dairies, domestic servants' registries, fever hospitals, the Fire Brigade, the Fish Market, the foreign animal wharf (Shieldhall), the Fruit and Vegetable Market, the gunpowder magazine, hackney carriages, harbour regulations, houses let in lodgings, etc., house letting regulations, locomotives on highways, the Markets Department, Maxwell Park, means of escape from fire, the duties of the Medical Officer, offensive trades under the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict., c.38), parks, pigstyes, places of public refreshment, the police force, porters, processions, the sale of coal, the duties of the Sanitary Inspector, slaughterhouses, slaughterers of horses, Springburn Park, stagecoaches, steamboats, street collections, street trading, tents vans and sheds, theatres and music halls, traffic in streets, tramways, the duties of the Veterinary Inspector, weighing machines and window cleaners, 1810-1922. Miscellanea, including returns of allowances to members of the corporation and officials for travelling and personal expenses on corporation business, 1929-1948, list of directors of Houses of Refuge and Reformatory Schools, 1878-1916, and of council members appointed to serve on Committees of Management of Roman Catholic Industrial and Reformatory Schools, 1909-1916, municipal proclamations (mainly concerning royal visits), 1863-1903, photograph albums of councillors, 1887, 1892, and the ‘Domesday Book of Glasgow’ (biographical notes and obituaries of councillors, compiled 1890-1975, but including retrospective information from the 1850s onwards).

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Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives (small amount of uncatalogued material).The first eleven volumes of the printed Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow (Scottish Burgh Records Society, 1876-1908) are mainly taken from the council minutes and cover the period 1573/4-1833. Admissions of burgesses are listed in J R Anderson (ed.), The Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow 1573-1846 (2 vols., Scottish Record Society, 1925, 1935) (admissions before 1613 are taken from the council minute books or the act books of the Dean of Guild Court).

Related Material

'Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow' (Scottish Burgh Records Society, 1876-1908) J R Anderson (ed.), The Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow 1573-1846 (2 vols., Scottish Record Society, 1925, 1935)