The Aftercare Team maintains records held by the organisation dating back to the 1870s when William Quarrier opened his first night shelter for children living on the streets in Glasgow.

What records might we hold?

More than 30,000 children lived at Quarriers Orphan Homes since its beginnings in 1871 to the closure of the last children’s cottage in 1998.

Each child’s entry would have been recorded either in the history books or by an admission form. The information contained in these records may have included family circumstances and reasons for admission.

Records generally include more information about the progress of the individual child from the mid-1960s.

Records Service

The Aftercare Service can facilitate access to records for former residents, people we currently support and former employees.

The only time we can provide copies of records to anyone other than the subject of the records is when either:

  1. The subject is deceased
  2. The subject has given consent or legal authority to a third party (i.e. court appointed guardian, solicitor, power of attorney)

A records request can be made by filling out the records enquiry form below or by writing to:

Safeguarding and Aftercare Team
Quarriers Inverclyde Regional Office
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX

There will be a fee of £60 to obtain records of a deceased relative.

After you make an enquiry

Under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Quarriers has a legal responsibility to make sure we manage information sensitively and securely.

To ensure sensitive information is only viewed by the relevant person, the Aftercare Team is required to check your proof of identity. We will request two forms of identification – one item must be photographic, and the other being proof of your current address. Examples of photographic ID include passport, driving licence or disabled drivers badge. Proof of current address may include recent utility bills or bank statements.

Further checks may be required for deceased relative’s records. If the deceased relative would have been under 100 years old, we will require a copy of their death certificate. If the person’s date of birth was more than 100 years ago, we can release their records without a death certificate.

Once all checks have been undertaken, we can produce a records pack for you. This can take up to one month to complete.

The records we are able to check and provide (subject to availability) for former residents include:

  • History Book entry
  • Scroll Diary entry
  • Quarriers Village History Book entry
  • Admission form
  • Photograph of cottage that they lived in (subject to availability)
  • Passenger List entry (Canada Only)

There is a charge of £60 to obtain records of a deceased relative.

Quarriers’ Aftercare Committee

Find out more about Quarriers Aftercare Committee and find minutes from the committee’s most recent meeting, which was held on Wednesday 17 November 2022.