Published by Sourceline: Scottish Surnames and Spelling

It is important to note that spelling was not consistent until dictionaries made it standard in the 1800s. Until this time, spelling was quite fluid and tended to be according to the enumerator or registrar. Often this was done in a manner similar to phonetic spelling. It is not uncommon, then, to find that your […]

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Published by Sourceline: Scottish Wills and Testaments

In Scotland, prior to the 19th century, wills only involved moveable property and did not include land, buildings, mining rights or minerals. Before the 19th century, Inheritance Law in Scotland was unique in that all unmoveable property was inheritable by succession (automatically going to eldest son). Only moveable property could be dispersed as the dead […]

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