Level Fonds/Collection
Ref No CE87
Title Aberdeen Outport and District Records
Date 1818 - 1989
Description Only items CE87/4/38-43 and CE87/11/1-51 are held here in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives. Other Aberdeen Outport and District records are retained by the National Records of Scotland. Customs records prior to 1830 are to be found in the Exchequer records under the reference GB/234/E501-E515.
Extent 58 volumes
Admin History As part of the initial reorganisation following the Act of Union in 1707, a series of ports, members and creeks was established in Scotland to bring it into line with the ports in England. Aberdeen Outport was responsible for the following creeks: Catterline, Crawton, Dunnottar, Stonehaven, Skateraw, Findon Cove, Old Aberdeen, Newburgh, Slains, Boddam, Peterhead, Rattray Head, Cairnbulg, Fraserburgh, Rosehearty, Banff, Portsoy and Cullen.

Local officers frequently maintained shipping registers and sea fishing registers on behalf of the Registrar-General of Seamen and Shipping.

[From SCAN entry NA4702]

Ships and fishing boats must be registered in a port of registry before they can be navigated. Local customs officers frequently maintained shipping registers and sea fishing boat registers on behalf of the Registrar-General of Seamen from 1786, and surviving registers of these ports are included among the Customs and Excise records. Though the information contained in shipping registers can vary, they usually record the names of ships, their owners and changes in ownership, the ship's master and a basic description of the vessel, including the year it was built and its size and tonnage.

[From NRS website https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/guides/customs-and-excise-records]
Access Conditions The records are retained under Charge and Superintendence from the National Records of Scotland. Records of outports and districts are closed for 30 years. Shipping registers and registers of sea fishing boats are open to access.
Access Status Open

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