Dunbartonshire, Scotland

The publications listed below all relate to historic Dunbartonshire family history.

Monumental inscriptions are the indexed transcriptions of the carvings on each headstone in a cemetery or churchyard. Publications can include descriptions and histories of the parishes, parish maps, churchyard or gravestone plans, surname indexes to the churchyard or burial grounds, monumental inscriptions (headstone transcriptions) and transcriptions of any memorial plaques. Some publications include photographs of the cemetery, or multiple burial grounds and churchyards. Publications may be in booklet or PDF format.

The guides are a useful tool for Scottish genealogy, and can assist you in finding others with the same surname buried near your ancestors. Many headstones contain genealogical information such as names of relatives, often making them more valuable than burial records or cremation records. If you are working on your family history and cannot find someone, be aware that not everyone had a gravestone, and many did not survive. It may also be worth checking nearby burial grounds.

Dunbartonshire publications and monumental inscriptions

Parish boundaries have changed over the years, and your ancestors may have lived in what was once called Dunbartonshire. This collection of historic Dunbartonshire includes:

Alexandria Parish Churchyard, West Dunbartonshire

The Alexandria Old Parish Church, also known as St Andrew’s Parish Church, was built in 1840 and demolished in 2022. The churchyard remains, containing several hundred gravestones and the Smollett Mausoleum. This guide contains headstone transcriptions, photos, and a map of the churchyard.

Bonhill Parish Churchyard, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire

The ancient Bonhill Parish includes the villages of Alexandria, Dalvait, Damhead, and Mill of Haldane. This guide contains a short description of the church, a map of the churchyard, and transcriptions of the headstones found within.

Dumbarton Cemetery, West Dunbartonshire

For more information on this publication, please see the announcement on the blog. This 76-page guide contains extracts of vital attributes of the monumental inscriptions found in Dumbarton Cemetery dating from 1855.

Kilmaronock Parish Churchyard, West Dunbartonshire

Kilmaronock Parish is comprised of Gartocharn and Croftamie, almost reaching Balloch to the south-west. This guide includes transcriptions of headstones from both the parish churchyard and the Buchanan burial ground at Ross Priory, and Kilmaronock church plaques. You can learn more about the Kilmaronock Old Kirk on our blog.

Millburn Churchyard, Renton, West Dunbartonshire

Millburn Church is a ruined former church in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. This 85-page guide contains transcriptions of more than 350 headstones in Millburn churchyard, as well as a map of the gravestones and surname indexes.

New Kilpatrick Churchyard, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire (Greater Glasgow)

New Kilpatrick Churchyard is located in Bearsden, in what is now Greater Glasgow. This 88-page guide contains an gravestone plan, surname index, and transcriptions of more than 800 headstones in the New Kilpatrick Churchyard.

Rhu Parish Churchyard, Helensburgh (now in Argyll and Bute)

Rhu Parish, now in Argyll and Bute, was formed of Rosneath and Cardross parishes in 1648. Rhu Parish contained the villages of Rhu, Helensburgh, and most of Garelochhead. This 88-page guide contains headstone transcriptions from the parish churchyard, and transcriptions of memorial plaques situated in the parish church, with maps and indexes.

Guide to Genealogical Sources in the West of Scotland – Dunbartonshire

If you have questions about the cemeteries, please contact West Dunbartonshire Council.

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