Acc NoAcc 77
TitleRecords of Aberdeen Harbour Commissioners, later Aberdeen Harbour Board
[Cataloguing in progress]
DescriptionMost of the records included in the collection date from the early 19th century through to the setting up of the Harbour Board in 1960. Later records have been retained by the Board.
AHB/1 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Administrative
AHB/2 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Financial
AHB/3 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Operational
AHB/4 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Legal
AHB/5 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Property
AHB/6 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Torry Farm arbitration deed boxes
AHB/7 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Staff
AHB/8 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Marketing
AHB/9 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Block Plans

AHB/11 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Photographs
AHB/12 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Printed Books
AHB/13 Aberdeen Harbour Board: Docks and Harbour Association

Materials relating to the Harbour prior to 1800 are included in the main City collection.
Datec. 1800 - 1960
Related MaterialReflecting the close connections between the harbour and the Town Council, their are also records for the Commissioners in the main Aberdeen City collections:
CA/14/1 - Aberdeen City: Harbour Commissioners Minute Books (first series), 1810 - 1884
CA/14/2 - Aberdeen City: Harbour Commissioners Minute Books (second series), 1884 - 1959
CA/14/3 - Aberdeen City: Harbour Trustees Minute Books, 1802 - 1828
CA/14/4 - Aberdeen City: Harbour Commissioners Incoming Letter Books, 1844 -1935
CA/14/5 - Aberdeen City: Harbour Commissioners Outgoing Letter Book, 1841 – 1935

The Shore Works Accounts will also hold material releating to the Harbour
CA/6/4 Aberdeen City; Shore Works Accounts, 1596 - 1810

7000 additional glass plate negatives owned by the Harbour Board were transferred to the University of Aberdeen Special Collections Centre in 1999 (reference MS 3595) and can be searched and viewed on their website:
Also at the University, the Davidson and Garden Archive (MS 2769) contains records of the Harbour Commission for the period 1843 - 1889, and records of the Town Council and Harbour Committee for the period c.1820 - 1840s.
CreatorAberdeen Harbour Commission
Aberdeen Harbour Board
Extent80 linear metres
​Open or Restricted AccessOpen
Administrative HistoryAberdeen harbour's history can be traced back to a charter granted by King David I in 1136. James VI granted a further charter to the City in 1596, which allowed the Burgh to raise a levy on all ships and their cargoes at the harbour.
The harbour was controlled by the Council and its Magistrates until reform under the 1829 Aberdeen Harbour Act, which expanded the membership of the Harbour Trustees to include five Burgesses of Guild and one member of Incorporated Trades. The Harbour was then overseen by a Committee made up of nine councillors and six outside members, to ensure representation of Harbour users.
The 1843 Aberdeen Harbour Act vested the property of the harbour in a new Commission consisting of magistrates, councillors, nine Burgess of Guild and three members of Incorporated Trades.
The Aberdeen Harbour Act of 1868 modified the constitution of the Commission: 12 elected Commissioners were introduced, who acted with the Lord Provost, 6 Baillies, the Dean of Guild and 11 Councillors.
A Port Emergency Committee wass set up 1936 and operated throughout the Second World War.
In 1960 the Aberdeen Harbour Confirmation Act modernised the constitution, replacing the Commission with a smaller Board: the Board was made up of two members of the Chamber of Commerce, two from the Scottish Trade Union Congress, four from Aberdeen Corporation and seven elected by Harbour users, burgesses and Incorporated Trades.
Related RecordCA/14


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