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Collection AF42 - Congested Districts Board

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GB 234 AF42


Congested Districts Board


  • 1897-1911 (Creation)

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34.15 linear metres

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Congested Districts Board (1897-1911)

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The Congested Districts Board was constituted under the Congested Districts (Scotland) Act, 1897 to take such steps as they thought proper for aiding and developing agriculture; providing seeds, implements and machinery; providing land for sub-division among crofters and cottars in congested districts; aiding migration of crofters and cottars from congested districts to other places in Scotland; aiding and developing fishing; aiding the providing or improving of lighthouses, piers or boat-slips, public roads or bridges; aiding and developing spinning, weaving and other home industries and subject to the consent of Treasury, aiding the providing or improving of harbours. The functions of the Congested Districts Board were transferred to the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in terms of the Small Landholders (Scotland) Act, 1911.

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The records of the Congested Districts Board cover the period 1879-1924 and consist of over 9000 files which include applications for assistance from Board funds. The Board was active across the Outer Hebrides, assisting crofters and fishing, infrastructure projects and townships and many records relating to individuals townships and islands can be found within this series

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Full catalogue available through National Records of Scotland online catalogue at

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