Scottish Catholic Archives: Historical Archive

Collections held

The Historic Archives of the Scottish Catholic Archives predominantly relate to the Catholic Church prior to the restoration of the Scottish Catholic Hierarchy in 1878.  The collection contains material of regional, national and international significance and provides evidence of the survival of Catholicism both in Scotland and abroad through the archives of its missions, seminaries and colleges.  There are also extensive collections relating to prominent Catholic families, complementing the important family and estate papers held by the Special Collections Centre.


For information about accessing these archives visit the Special Collections website.

The Archive is part of the Network of Archives & Libraries of the Catholic Church and as material is catalogued it will be made available online through the Catholic Heritage website.

Contact Details

Address: The Wolfson Reading Room, Special Collections Centre, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA


Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 2598



Further reading

‘The Archives of the Eastern District of Scotland, 1829-1878, and of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, 1878-1928’ by C Johnson in Catholic Archives No 6 pp 6-10