Scotland, Edinburgh & Lothian Death and Burial Index

Reveal your Scottish ancestry through burial records from Edinburgh and Lothian. Burial records will display your ancestor’s final resting place. Some many provide you with the name(s) of your ancestor’s spouse or parents.

In these records, you will find transcripts with a combination of the following facts about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Death date
  • Burial year
  • Burial place
  • Cause of death
  • Interment date
  • Private or common ground
  • Lair
  • Charges paid
  • County
  • Country

Discover more about these records

All the transcripts in this collection were created by the West Lothian Family History Society, Lothians Family History Society, and The Scottish Genealogy Society. Burial records provide you with the final resting place of your ancestor. A burial location can provide you more details about your ancestor’s life. For example, you can search local electoral registers or directories for more information about your ancestors living in that area. Discovering whether your ancestor was buried in private or common ground will give you an indication of your ancestor’s wealth.

West Lothian, located in the south of Scotland, was known as Linlithgowshire until 1921. The county is home to the Blackness Castle, a 15th century fortress known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ because of the unique shape of the castle walls, which come together in a point formation, jutting out towards the Firth of Forth. You can also find the Linlithgow Palace, the home to the Scottish monarchs of the 15th and 16th centuries.