Guide to the records of voluntary forces in Glasgow and the west of Scotland over four centuries.

What do I need to know before I start?

Try to find out:

  • name of person
  • when they lived
  • where they lived


What records can I find in the Mitchell: Glasgow City Archi​ves

The records of Glasgow Corporation include:

  • Reports on the City Guard containing lists of guards, 1790- 1791 (D-TC12/2)
  • Register of Glasgow Militia certificates and orders of aliment for wives, 1810, 1813-1816 (D-TC12/1)


Muster rolls of militia and yeomanry (volunteer forces) are often found among the family papers of the leaders of these troops. The City Archives hold many collections of these family and estate papers, which include a small number of these records. You should check with the archives to see whether there are any of interest to you.


​What records can I see online?

An index to the records of the Glasgow Militia is available here.​


What records can I see elsewher​e?

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) holds muster rolls of troops stationed in Scotland 1667-1732. The NRS also holds large number of collections of family papers.



Glasgow City Archives

0141 287 2910

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