Friday 10 May 2024

Passport applications 1845-1916 held at Edinburgh City Archives

Vivienne Dunstan has written an interesting blog post on passports issued between 1845 and 1916 which are held by Edinburgh City Archives (, and which have been digitised and made available on Ancestry ( Applications were sent to the Edinburgh Lord Provost from all over Lowland Scotland, including Glasgow, Angus and the Scottish Borders. 

To read Vivienne's blog post visit The collection on Ancestry is entitled "Edinburgh, Scotland, Lord Provost Passports, 1845-1916" (, with over 17000 entries.

Note that passports were not compulsory for overseas travel until 1914. FindmyPast ( also host a useful collection entitled 'Index To Register Of Passport Applications 1851-1903', documenting additional Scots who may have applied in that peirod. The source for these is the National Archives in England, in series FO 611.

(With thanks to Vivienne)


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