Primary and comparative material for the study of life and society in Dumfries and Galloway can be found in archives and libraries elsewhere in Scotland and beyond. Glasgow University Archives, for example, holds the records of a number of local savings banks, the business records of A. Kirkpatrick and Sons, meat processors and sausage makers of Thornhill, and the diaries, ledgers etc. belonging to the Kirkcudbright farmer, Robert Allan. For further examples, see the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) website (http://www.scan.org.uk/), which provides a single electronic catalogue for the holdings of more than fifty Scottish archives. For a further list of archives, see Researching Local History: A Guide to Sources held by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, 2009, 121-23. See also the ARCHON Directory (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon/), which includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere that have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.