Passport Applications at the Glasgow Office


An alphabetical list of those who applied for passports 1858-1889 & 1907-1914. In most cases it lists members of the family travelling, occupations, home address & country to be visited. Compiled by John McCreadie. 112 pages.

First edition was written by John D McCreadie and published by GWSFHS in 2013 as an A5 Booklet. This second edition – Partially rebranded to HK Grotesk by John Wotherspoon.

ISBN: 978-1-915941-07-7

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In 2013, the author, John McCreadie wrote, “The data for this publication was gathered from the original old books held at the City Archives Mitchell Library Glasgow.  The reason I transcribed them was as an aid to finding ancestors movement on the years listed. It will also give help to place them between census years and also a possible country they were heading to if they are missing from some census years.  Many of these may not have returned to our shores again, so you will have a country to explore and hopefully find them. It may be possible that a few may have perished on board the ships as some were undertaking a very long journey in those early sailing years and also some travellers took children which must have been an enduring trip.  In 1914 mainly due to WW1, the big change in passports occurred with more details on the person concerned”.

He also gave a short history of passports in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.  In 1855 passports were written in English, prior to 1855 they were written in French and before that, Latin and English.  From 1855 they became a standard document issued solely to British Nationals.  He noted while doing this project that some travellers had to apply again, so it seemed the passport they had only allowed for one trip.  They were a single – sheet paper document and by 1914 included a photograph of the holder.  The British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act 1914 was passed on the outbreak of World War 1.  A new format was introduced in 1915: a single sheet folded into eight with a cardboard paper cover.  It contained a description of the holder as well as a photograph, and had to be renewed after two years.