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Inveraray Jail

Prisoner Records

Take a journey back in time and meet the real people who did time in the cells. Our Prison Records hold details of over 4,000 prisoners who served sentences at Inveraray Jail between 1820 and 1890. Notes about each prisoner were meticulously recorded in the records by the Warder. These include everything from age, sex, weight, height, occupation, religion and place of birth through to the offence committed and the sentence given. The records also track prisoners’ progress, with column headings such as ‘Whether improved in education on confinement’.

The original Prison Records are held for safe-keeping at the National Archives of Scotland, but there’s a replica of the record book from 1850 to 1865 in the New Prison. You can scroll down the columns, read about the prisoners and imagine what life was like for them.

Or why not search the records below? Search by name and see if your ancestors spent time behind bars. Take a look at strange cases, find out about young prisoners and see who was transported to Australia.

Inveraray Jail, Argyll, Scotland, PA32 8TX