Clackmannanshire, Scotland Public Record Office
Speirs Centre, 29 Primrose Street, Alloa. FK10 1JJ)
If you are interested in the viewing of public records pertaining to Clackmannanshire, Clackmannan District, old Alloa, Alva, Dollar and Tillicoultry burghs, Alloa and Hillfoots district councils then your point of contact will be the Alloa Library (Speirs Centre, 29 Primrose Street, Alloa. FK10 1JJ). All of the actual records are currently being held in a separate location from which two deliveries are made on a daily basis. To assure that your items are available when you need them and to avoid any unnecessary waiting around for the next delivery they can simply be ordered in advance either by written request or phoning the Archivist of the library. If you will be drafting a letter then you may use the address listed above and if contacting by telephone the library can be reached at(01259-452262). All orders must be received before 5.00pm, any requests made after that time will not be available until the following business day. Also, patrons are limited to a maximum of four items to be checked out at one time.
The Clackmannanshire County Archives contains not only historical records relating to the local government of the county but also generous private deposits from local organizations, families, individuals and businesses. Amidst this vast array of information one can find; local authority minutes, letter books, school log books and Valuation and Assessment Rolls. The private deposits have supplemented the collection with documents chronicling familiar local businesses and voluntary organisations. Specifically, there is a prodigious amount of material from the former Patons & Baldwins operation. A current cataloging of the Johnstone of Alva estate papers is under way and expected to be a big hit among several of the local Archiphiles.
Clackmannanshire is peculiar because it is the smallest county in Scotland and is sometimes referred to as, “the wee county” to the dismay of its proud citizenry. The 32,280 acre county is blessed with rich soil that supports the growth of a fertile crop producing several types of grain. Up into the highlands there is a supremely suitable habitat for the sheep and cattle to graze, something that is a hallmark sight in this area. The land is also rich in minerals with plentiful deposits of ironstone and coal that play a large role in the local economy.